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Rectification Campaigns
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Rectification campaigns represent a distinctive approach of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to party discipline, one emphasizing persuasion and education under the slogan "cure the illness in order to save the patient". This approach developed in Yan'an under the leadership of Mao Zedong as part of a larger effort to create predictable organizational norms and party unity. As the initial Yan'an rectification of 1942-44 coincided with the waxing of CCP fortunes, it was regarded as an essential aspect of …

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Teiwes, Frederick C., “Rectification Campaigns”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 25 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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