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文革 [Cultural Revolution]


This page features book reviews and critical essays on the historiography of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976.

The essays and reviews here were written by UCSD students in the fall of 2002. Further Cultural Revolution-focused research by UCSD students may be found in The Cultural Revolution as History (2006).


Book Reviews
Reviews appear in chronological order of the book’s publication date.

Ken Ling. The Revenge of Heaven: From Schoolboy to “Little General” in Mao’s Army. Miriam London and Lee Ta-ling, trans. New York: Putnam, 1972.

William Hinton. Hundred Day War: The Cultural Revolution at Tsinghua University. New York and London: Monthly Review Press, 1973.

David Milton and Nancy Dall Milton. The Wind Will Not Subside: Years in Revolutionary China, 1964-1969. New York: Pantheon, 1976.

Roxane Witke. Comrade Chiang Ch’ing. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1977.

Hong Yung Lee. The Politics of the Chinese Cultural Revolution: A Case Study. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1978.

Ruth Earnshaw Lo and Katherine S. Kinderman. In the Eye of the Typhoon. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980.

Stanley Rosen. Red Guard Factionalism and the Cultural Revolution in Guangzhou. Westview Replica Edition. Boulder: Westview Press, 1982.

Jonathan Unger. Education Under Mao: Class and Competition in Canton Schools, 1960-1980. New York: Columbia University Press, 1982.

William Hinton. Shenfan: The Continuing Revolution in a Chinese Village. New York: Random House, 1983.

Liang Heng and Judith Shapiro. Son of the Revolution. New York: Vintage, 1984.

Yue Daiyun and Carolyn Wakeman. To the Storm: The Odyssey of a Revolutionary Chinese Woman. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985.

Richard Curt Kraus. Pianos and Politics in China: Middle-Class Ambitions and the Struggle over Western Music. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Jiang Pei 江沛. Hongweibing kuangbiao 红卫兵狂飙 [Red Guard Hurricane]. Zhengzhou: Henan renmin chubanshe, 1994.

Michael Schoenhals, Ed. China’s Cultural Revolution, 1966-1969: Not a Dinner Party. Armonk, New York: M.E. Sharpe, 1996.

Elizabeth J. Perry and Li Xun. Proletarian Power: Shanghai in the Cultural Revolution. Boulder: Westview Press, 1997.

Xiaomei Chen. Acting the Right Part: Political Theater and Popular Drama in Contemporary China. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2002.


Historiographical Essays

Jeremy Brown, “Putting Culture Back into the Cultural Revolution: Shifting Scholarly Views of Chinese Art and Culture, 1977-2002”

Dahpon D. Ho, “Omnipotent God-Emperor or Simply the Spark on a Tinderbox? The Primacy of Mao in Cultural Revolution Historiography”

Jun Zhang, “The Dynamics of Red Guard Factionalism: Social Interpretation and Political Explanation”

Xiaowei Zheng, “A Critique: The Origins and Divisions of the Red Guard Movement, 1966-1968”

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