Week 4-1 CR

Week 4-1 CR - Soviet-trained technocrats and their...

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POLC 3020: Week 4 (1) The Cultural Revolution Sept. 13, 2010
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Questions What did the state-building process look like in China? (Ideology, agriculture, and industry) What were the purpose of the CR? Some described that the CR as the ten years of “dark age” while some others argued that it launched unprecedented radical reforms that promoted social equality. Illustrate both arguments and support them with examples.
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The Cultural Revolution A. The Purpose of the CR 1. Resisting feudalism (Traditional) Social hierarch and obedience 2. Resisting capitalism (Western) Individualism, Consumer culture, Economic subordination relations 3. Resisting revisionism (Soviet Union)
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Unformatted text preview: Soviet-trained technocrats and their pro-Soviet and elitist attitude Destroying of the Four Olds Old Ideas, Old Culture, Old Customs, Old Habits The Cultural Revolution A. Negatives Innocent victims (700,000 persecuted, 34,000 died) Economic disaster Political disaster (A cult of personality; The govt dysfunctional) Ideological chaos Cultural disaster The destruction of education system B. Positives The reduction of the gap b/w the elite and the masses A sense of political efficacy and participation The overall level of education The expansion of heath care DVD: China A Century of Revolution...
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