The Cultural Revolution 1966-1976

The Red Guards


What were the origins and consequences of the Cultural Revolution?

In this podcast Dr. Yangwen Zheng 鄭揚文 of the University of Manchester looks at the origins, theatre and consequences of the Cultural Revolution.

1. Introduction: the need for economic and cultural rejuvination in the 1950s.
2. The failure of the Great Leap Forward and the inablity of Mao to acknowedge his mistake.
3. The struggle between the fundementalism of Mao and the pragmatism of Deng Xioping.
4. The Red Guards: The destruction of 'the old'.
5. Death, the Cold War and economic decline.
6. Consequences: the capitalist backlash to the Cultural Revolution.


Suggested reading:

Cheng Nien, Life and death in Shanghai (London: Grafton, 1986)

Gao Yuan, Born red: a chronicle of the Cultural Revolution (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1987)

Rana Mitter, A bitter revolution: China's struggle with the modern world (Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press, 2004)

Paul Clark, The Chinese Cultural Revolution: a history (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008)

Rhoads Murphey, The fading of the Maoist vision: city and country in China's development (New York: Methuen, c1980)

Roderick MacFarquhar (ed.), The politics of China: the eras of Mao and Deng (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997)

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