The World Turned Upside Down

Yang Jisheng’s The World Turned Upside Down is the definitive history of the Cultural Revolution, in withering and heartbreaking detail.

The World Turned Upside Down

The World Turned Upside Down

Yang Jisheng’s The World Turned Upside Down is the definitive history of the Cultural Revolution, in withering and heartbreaking detail. As a major political event and a crucial turning point in the history of the People’s Republic of China, the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966–1976) marked the zenith as well as the nadir of Mao Zedong’s ultra-leftist politics. Reacting in part to the Soviet Union’s "revisionism" that he regarded as a threat to the future of socialism, Mao mobilized the masses in a battle against what he called "bourgeois" forces within the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). This ten-year-long class struggle on a massive scale devastated traditional Chinese culture as well as the nation’s economy. Following his groundbreaking and award-winning history of the Great Famine, Tombstone, Yang Jisheng here presents the only history of the Cultural Revolution by an independent scholar based in mainland China, and makes a crucial contribution to understanding those years' lasting influence today. The World Turned Upside Down puts every political incident, major and minor, of those ten years under extraordinary and withering scrutiny, and arrives in English at a moment when contemporary Chinese governance is leaning once more toward a highly centralized power structure and Mao-style cult of personality.

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The World Turned Upside Down
Language: en
Pages: 768
Authors: Yang Jisheng
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-01-19 - Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Yang Jisheng’s The World Turned Upside Down is the definitive history of the Cultural Revolution, in withering and heartbreaking detail. As a major political event and a crucial turning point in the history of the People’s Republic of China, the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966–1976) marked the zenith as well
The World Turned Upside Down
Language: en
Pages: 430
Authors: Christopher Hill
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 1991 - Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Within the English revolution of the mid-seventeenth century which resulted in the triumph of the protestant ethic - the ideology of the propertied class - there threatened another, quite different, revolution. Its success 'might have established communal property, a far wider democracy in political and legal institutions, might have disestablished
A World Turned Upside Down
Language: en
Pages: 260
Authors: Neil Boothby, Alison Strang, Michael G. Wessells
Categories: Psychology
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006 - Publisher: Kumarian Press

When wars are fought in the midst of civilian activity, as they so often are in poorer countries, the effects on children are devastating. They may grow up separated from their families, without adequate health care, or resources, learn to take up a weapon and kill without thought, or may
The World Turned Upside Down?
Language: en
Pages: 292
Authors: R. J. Barry Jones
Categories: Business & Economics
Type: BOOK - Published: 2000 - Publisher: Manchester University Press

Thiis book interrogates the widespread claim that contemporary globalization has ended the centrality of the state in world affairs and is effectively irreversible. It offers discriminating definitions of globalization, internationalization and international interdependence and demonstrates the analytical and empirical difficulties generated by these concepts.
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Language: en
Pages: 1067
Authors: Louis Palmer Towles
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
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