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The Archetypes Of the Cultural Revolution


Mao Zedong created the Cultural Revolution to ensure his own primacy and purge the Communist Party of dissenters. The idea was to create a “new” man. But what kind? A look back at the popular literature of the period suggests the careful construction of an implausible citizen who straddles the space between working class hero and Superman.

Mao Zedong created the Cultural Revolution to ensure his own primacy and purge the Communist Party of dissenters. The idea was to create a “new” man. But what kind? A look back at the popular literature of the period suggests the careful construction of an implausible citizen who straddles the space between working class hero and Superman.

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