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By Elizabeth J. Perry

How can we clarify the impressive trajectory of the chinese language Communist revolution? Why has it taken one of these diversified direction from its Russian prototype? a solution, Elizabeth Perry indicates, lies within the chinese language Communists’ artistic improvement and deployment of cultural assets – in the course of their progressive upward thrust to energy and afterwards. Skillful “cultural positioning” and “cultural patronage,” at the a part of Mao Zedong, his comrades and successors, helped to build a polity during which a as soon as alien Communist procedure got here to be permitted as familiarly “Chinese.” Perry strains this strategy via a case research of the Anyuan coal mine, a spot the place Mao and different early leaders of the chinese language Communist get together mobilized an influential exertions stream initially in their revolution, and whose background later turned a touchstone of “political correctness” within the People’s Republic of China. as soon as referred to as “China’s Little Moscow,” Anyuan came around time to represent a distinctively chinese language progressive culture. but the meanings of that culture stay hugely contested, as modern chinese language debate their progressive prior looking for a brand new political future.

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Completed in 1967 by a student Red Guard artist, the painting — reproduced in some nine hundred million posters and countless other formats — became a sacred icon in the deification of Mao Zedong that underpinned his growing cult of personality. Although Mao’s actual contribution to the Anyuan revolutionary movement had not matched that of either Liu Shaoqi or Li Lisan, he alone was now credited with its entire success. ” Military as well as literary sources of authority were brought to bear in the construction of a new revolutionary theology featuring Chairman Mao’s spiritual leadership of the Anyuan workers.

As the training ground of three of the most influential revolutionary pioneers, the breeding ground of some five thousand worker-recruits to the Red Army, and the building ground for grassroots organizations of peasantry and proletariat alike, Anyuan and its events were closely connected to the subsequent direction of the Communist revolution. Not surprisingly, then, members of future generations would vie for the right to claim Anyuan’s revolutionary legacy as their own. MINING THE REVOLUTIONARY TRADITION: CULTURAL PATRONAGE The “glorious Anyuan revolutionary tradition,” as it came to be known, was not, however, an unproblematic source of guidance and inspiration for later generations.

FROM MOBILIZATION TO MILITARIZATION 5. CONSTRUCTING A REVOLUTIONARY TRADITION 6. MAO’S FINAL CRUSADE: PURIFYING THE REVOLUTIONARY TRADITION 7. REFORMING THE REVOLUTIONARY TRADITION CONCLUSION Notes Glossary Bibliography of English-Language Sources Index Illustrations 1. Original headquarters of the Anyuan mining company 2. Original entrance to the Anyuan coal mine 3. The Anyuan Workers’ Club Preparatory Committee 4. Celebrating the victory of the Anyuan Great Strike 5. Contemporary view of the Anyuan workers’ club 6.

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