Mao Cult: Rhetoric and Ritual in China's Cultural Revolution (BOK)

Daniel Leese

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Although many books have explored Mao's posthumous legacy, none has scrutinized the massive worship that was fostered around him during the Cultural Revolution. This book is the first to do so. By analyzing secret archival documents, Daniel Leese traces the history of the cult within the Communist Party and at the grassroots level. The party leadership's original intention was to develop a prominent brand symbol, which would compete with the nationalists' elevation of Chiang Kai-shek. However, they did not anticipate that Mao would use this symbolic power to mobilize Chinese youth to rebel against party bureaucracy itself. The result was anarchy and when the army was called in it relied on mandatory rituals of worship such as daily reading of the Little Red Book to restore order. Such fascinating detail sheds light not only on the personality cult of Mao, but also on hero-worship in other traditions.

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Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Daniel Leese
Forlag
Cambridge Univ Ed
ISBN 9780521152228
Antall sider 324 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,9cm x 1,7cm
Vekt 440 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Political leaders & leadership, Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000, Asian history

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