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Cultural Revolution in China (1966-1976)

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Cultural Revolution in China (1966-1976)
After the Chinese Cultural Revolution in the period between 1966 and 1976, the nation
saw a series of commotions and disastrous activities that gestured the end of the time-consuming
polycratic retro. Finally, this time was also called the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution,
inspired by Mao Zedong. The main intention of this period was to preserve the aspect of Chinese
communism by removing and eradicating the remnants of capitalism in Chinese society.
However, in a rather ironic turn of events, the movement did not meet most of its goals but
managed to return power to Mao. With his influence, Mao mastered infiltrating the government
and radicalizing youths towards his course. This led to the expanded reach of his campaign.
However, there needed to be stronger leadership in these troops. It is important to note that in the
wake of this Revolution, the main recipe served was radical clashes and power seizures. Other
impacts that this Revolution accompanied included cannibalism and massacres in major towns
such as Beijing, Guangxi, Inner Mongolia, Guangdong, Yunnan, and Hunan. It is estimated that
between one and two million people lost their lives to this Revolution, including Mao himself.
While some of his sayings were recorded in the Little Red Book, this paper will draw references.
Thesis Statement and Position
The 1966 Cultural Revolution, started by Mao Zedong to preserve 'true' Communist
ideology by purging capitalist and traditional elements from Chinese society, caused widespread
psychological, cultural, and political upheaval. This thesis argues that the Cultural Revolution
disrupted China's social fabric and governance structures, laying the groundwork for Deng
Xiaoping's economic and political reforms.
Argumentative Position

Since the wake of the Revolution, it has become extremely hard for China to recover
fully from its effects. This has been seen in areas such as the society and governance. This is
because this Revolution intended to enforce and preserve the communist perspective and remove
China's newly emerging capitalist ideology. This wo...

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