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The Cultural Revolution at the Margins

Chinese Socialism in Crisis

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$58.50 • £46.95 • €52.50

ISBN 9780674728790

Publication Date: 06/09/2014


368 pages

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

4 halftones, 1 graph, 3 tables


The Cultural Revolution at the Margins aims to make the Cultural Revolution thinkable, to rescue it from the relentless effort both in the PRC and abroad to consign it to the proverbial dustbin of history as an aberration or a disaster. Yiching Wu’s study is based on rich materials, some previously unavailable, and is theoretically well-informed and sophisticated. It is a serious intervention not only in discussions of the CR and the Chinese revolution, but also in discussions of socialist politics.—Arif Dirlik, author of Culture and History in Postrevolutionary China

The Cultural Revolution at the Margins is a carefully researched and equally carefully thought-out account of the ideological struggles of the Cultural Revolution and its eventual suppression by a restored Party apparatus between 1966 and 1968. Using a sophisticated theoretical methodology, Wu makes a case for a compelling reinterpretation of the import of the familiar events of the CR. This book will eventually take its place as an important new analysis of the CR, and of how events of the time continue to resonate in Chinese political discourse.—Ted Huters, author of Bringing the World Home

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