An excersize in genocide

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Bronne Bruzgo Catherine Wanner HIST 142 April 8, 2008 An Exercise in Genocide In 1966, China entered into a period of chaos, anarchy, and death known as The Cultural Revolution. After the disaster of the Great Leap Forward, Mao Zedong needed a way to consolidate his power and remain China’s number one force. To do so, he ushered in one of the greatest genocides the world has ever seen, using patriotism as a tool to control the populous. His political campaign draws scary parallels to the rhetoric of many American leaders in the years leading up to the current Iraq War. While, thankfully, the United States of America did not experience a disaster nearly on the scale of the Cultural Revolution, the fact that blind obedience and devotion to the state were even present for a mere moment in American politics is a warning sign for future government control efforts. After declaring the People’s Republic of China in 1949, Mao Zedong sought to make life better for the peasants of the land. As a result, he decided to launch The Great Leap Forward in 1958, a program that was intended to increase the production of China’s
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This note was uploaded on 05/07/2008 for the course HIST 142 taught by Professor Catherinewanner during the Spring '08 term at Penn State.

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