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Fractured Rebellion

The Beijing Red Guard Movement

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$30.00 • £24.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674064133

Publication Date: 03/05/2012


416 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

12 tables


Revealing… Walder’s book, the first on the Beijing Red Guards, concentrates entirely on the movement in the capital’s universities and schools and the conflicts among them, mighty subjects in themselves.—Jonathan Mirsky, The New York Review of Books

Walder’s volume is a remarkable piece of scholarship of intellectual honesty and rigor… It is precisely because Walder consistently refuses to simplify that his powerful account of Beijing’s Red Guard movement captures its unpredictability, its volatility, and, above all, its internal complexity… Walder’s fine contribution pushes us to reevaluate what we thought we knew about this pivotal period in modern Chinese history and, perhaps, to reflect again on the scope and breadth of its lingering irresolution.—Patricia Thornton, Journal of Asian Studies

The book masterfully combines historical case studies with sociological methodology and fundamentally changes our understanding of Red Guard factionalism… The book is without doubt one of the greatest breakthroughs in research on the Cultural Revolution published during the past three decades and should be read by anyone interested in the history of mass movements and modern Chinese history in general.—Daniel Leese, China Quarterly

Too little research has been conducted about the fascinating, confusing upheavals that shook China during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution of 1966–68. Now, four decades after the mass fighting was suppressed, Andrew Walder helps to fill important gaps in our knowledge… Fractured Rebellion: The Beijing Red Guard Movement makes an important contribution to our knowledge of an extraordinary, tumultuous period in recent Chinese history.—Jonathan Unger, China Journal

While not minimizing either the violence or Mao’s responsibility, Walder presents a less stereotyped and more diverse picture of Red Guard attitudes to violence—as far as I know for the first time at this length in Western scholarship.—John Gittings, The China Beat

A truly extraordinary scholarly achievement. Never has the immensely important puzzle of the Red Guard Movement ever been rendered in such rich, clarifying empirical detail as Walder gives us here.—Doug McAdam, Stanford University

Better than anything else I have read, Andrew Walder’s Fractured Rebellion explains how and why the Beijing students in the first two years of the Cultural Revolution became so sharply, bitterly, and fatally divided. An absorbing work of research and synthesis.—Jonathan Spence, author of The Search for a Modern China

An analysis that will alter the view of one of the seminal events in the history of the People’s Republic of China.—Frederick C. Teiwes, the University of Sydney

An impressive and important work of scholarship which will join a small set of major books on the Cultural Revolution.—Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, University of California, Irvine

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