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Cultural Revolution and Revolutionary Culture


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction 1
Part I. A Theatrical Prologue
1. Afterlives of an "Upright Official" 11
2. Political and Historical Dilemmas 26
3. An Unresolved Controversy 48
Part II. Mao's Anxiety and Resolve
4. A Probable Defeat and Revisionism 91
5. Shrinking the Cultural Superego 104
Part III. A Political Test for Class Politics
6. Testing the Organization 141
7. A Subjective Split in the Working Class 167
8. Facing a Self-Defeat 204
Part IV. At the Edge of an Epochal Turning Point
9. Intellectual Conditions for a Political Assessment 239
10. Foundations of Deng Xiaoping's Strategy 263
Notes 285
Bibliography 323
Index 343

About the Author

Alessandro Russo has taught sociology at the University of Bologna and has been visiting professor at the University of Washington and at Qinghua University.


"Published forty years after Mao's death, Alessandro Russo's Cultural Revolution and Revolutionary Culture must be seen as the first book that studies China's Cultural Revolution from the intellectual point of view of the central question of this extraordinary movement itself: what can the real destiny of the communist idea be after fundamental experiments at the level of the state power in Russia and China? Across a precise experience made of readings of all sort of texts written in the fire of the movement or after, historical clarifications of some crucial sequences, personal inquiries, and intellectual synthesis, Russo simultaneously proposes a sort of complex but clear image of the event and an essential examination of its strategic goals and final failure. All that in the direction of a clear understanding of the possibility of a new communism." -- Alain Badiou
"This book should be widely read. Alessandro Russo is an inventive, creative philosopher who contributes new materials, new interpretations, and new ways of examining the Cultural Revolution." -- Tani Barlow, George and Nancy Rupp Professor of Humanities, Rice University
" A model of historical inquiry that should be read by those interested in modern Chinese and East Asian history and revolutionary movements in general." -- M. J. Wert * Choice *

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