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Debating the Cultural Revolution: Do We Only Know What We Believe?


Gao, MCF, Debating the Cultural Revolution: Do We Only Know What We Believe?, Critical Asian Studies, 34, (3) pp. 419-434. ISSN 1467-2715 (2002) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/1467271022000008956


Stimulated by his participation in two recent museum exhibitions concerning the Cultural Revolution the author of this article offers his contrarian views on the history and lasting significance of China's ten-year-long Cultural Revolution. Acknowledging that there was indeed senseless and brutal acts of violence from 1966 to 1976, the author asks whether the violence ever rose to the level of a "holocaust," as commentators inside and outside China have charged. He next explores the charge that the Cultural Revolution resulted in the deliberate destruction of Chinese culture and tradition. The picture the author paints of this turbulent period in China's history is one not often aired in academic circles or in public discourse. He closes by putting the violence of the Cultural Revolution in the broader context of violence that was happening elsewhere during that period, e.g., in Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Political science not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Gao, MCF (Associate Professor Mobo Gao)
ID Code:23895
Year Published:2002
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Asian Languages and Studies
Deposited On:2002-08-01
Last Modified:2003-05-20

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