Essay on Mao Zedong And The Cultural Revolution

1913 Words Nov 22nd, 2016 8 Pages
“Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy,” a quote from Chinese leader Mao Zedong during the cultural revolution holds great power and significance when referring to the cultural revolution in China. Throughout the Chinese Cultural Revolution many individuals were targeted for having “exploited” people in the past, which caused the Chinese government to become a communist government; events such as the “Red Guard Rebellion” and the Great Depression helped further this revolution. “May 16, 1966, the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee issued a circular that outlined Mao’s ideas on the Cultural Revolution. But there were precursors in the months and years before that.” Mao Zedong set the Cultural Revolution into motion to establish his authority over the Chinese Government because he felt that the current leaders were leading in the wrong direction. The Cultural Revolution was essentially about politics but effected all of society; there were many officials that were purged and others were killed, committed suicide, or traumatized by the event. In August of 1966 Mao Zedong called for a massive youth mobilization to take current leaders to task for their bourgeois values and lack of revolutionary spirit.
A major influence in the Cultural Revolution was a play, “The Dismissal of Hai Rui From Office.” “The Dismissal of Hai Rui From Office,” written by Gang of Four a group of powerful members of a radical political elite, was…

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