56 The Cultural Revolution

A festering factional dispute within the Chinese Communist Party erupted in 1966, when party chairman Mao Zedong (1893-1976) proclaimed the Cultural Revolution, in which initially youths mobilized mainly as Red Guards used political and sometimes physical pressure on his adversaries. The symbol of the movement was the 'Little Red Book' of quotations from Mao’s work; the oldest editions – such as this one – also contain a preface by his intended successor Lin Biao, who was killed in 1971 and was branded a traitor.

Mao zhuxi yulu [Quotations of Chairman Mao]

Mao zhuxi yulu [Quotations of Chairman Mao]
Mao Zedong
Beijing: Zhonghua Renmin Jiefangjun zong zhengzhibu, 1966
Book, variant of the first ed, with a foreword by Lin Biao dated 1 May 1964, 14 x 10

Date: 
1966
Number: 
56

Location

Beijing
China

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Web presentation Little Red Book

A web presentation on the Little Red Book, including examples of persiflages and pastiches, can be found at http://www.iisg.nl/collections/littleredbooks/.