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Fractured rebellion : the Beijing Red Guard movement /
Andrew G. Walder.
imprint
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2009.
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xii, 400 p.
ISBN
0674035038 (alk. paper), 9780674035034 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2009.
isbn
0674035038 (alk. paper)
9780674035034 (alk. paper)
contents note
The Beijing Red Guards : an introduction -- The assault on power structures : work teams in the universities -- The genesis of division : sources of opposition and conflict -- Divided at birth : the university Red Guards -- Class and violence : the high school Red Guards -- Radicals with patrons : the rise of the rebels -- Dissent and its suppression : challenging the Maoist elite -- Factions reborn : networks at cross-purposes -- Endgame : fighting not to lose -- Hierarchy and rebellion : reflections on the Red Guards -- Glossary of names -- Beijing Red Guard chronology -- Work team case histories.
catalogue key
6962453
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-04-01:
Walder (Stanford) thoroughly scrutinizes the origins, growth, and final disintegration of the Red Guard movement in Beijing during the initial years of China's Cultural Revolution. Relying on a plethora of newly surfaced documents and personal memoirs, the author focuses on the most troublesome but less understood factional antagonism plaguing the Red Guards, as well as the devastating social effects such animosity had. Successfully merging historical writing with social analysis, Walder offers a refreshing argument that illuminates the interaction between the Red Guards' social status and their choice of political orientation. His exemplary endeavor convincingly proves that the Red Guard shaped and solidified their political position not due to their previous social status and political connections, but in reaction to the collapse of China's post-1949 institutions and Mao's purge of the elite establishment. These factors incited competition among the Red Guard as to who in the ranks was more "revolutionary." The moderate versus radical struggle and machinations of CCP leadership further exacerbated splits among the Red Guard. Walder's clear chronology and portrayal of the student movement's main leaders nicely complement his persuasive explanations. This work adds an extraordinary dimension to the scholarship on the Great Cultural Revolution in China. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above. G. Zheng Angelo State University
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While not minimizing either the violence or Mao's responsibility, Walder presents a less stereotyped and more diverse picture of Red Guard attitudes to violence--as far as I know for the first time at this length in Western scholarship.
Walder's volume is a remarkable piece of scholarship of intellectual honesty and rigor...It is precisely because Walder consistently refuses to simplify that his powerful account of Beijing's Red Guard movement captures its unpredictability, its volatility, and, above all, its internal complexity...Walder's fine contribution pushes us to reevaluate what we thought we knew about this pivotal period in modern Chinese history and, perhaps, to reflect again on the scope and breadth of its lingering irresolution.
Better than anything else I have read, Andrew Walder's Fractured Rebellion explains how and why the Beijing students in the first two years of the Cultural Revolution became so sharply, bitterly, and fatally divided. An absorbing work of research and synthesis.
A truly extraordinary scholarly achievement. Never has the immensely important puzzle of the Red Guard Movement ever been rendered in such rich, clarifying empirical detail as Walder gives us here.
An analysis that will alter the view of one of the seminal events in the history of the People's Republic of China.
An impressive and important work of scholarship which will join a small set of major books on the Cultural Revolution.
Too little research has been conducted about the fascinating, confusing upheavals that shook China during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution of 1966-68. Now, four decades after the mass fighting was suppressed, Andrew Walder helps to fill important gaps in our knowledge...Fractured Rebellion: The Beijing Red Guard Movement makes an important contribution to our knowledge of an extraordinary, tumultuous period in recent Chinese history.
Revealing...Walder's book, the first on the Beijing Red Guards, concentrates entirely on the movement in the capital's universities and schools and the conflicts among them, mighty subjects in themselves.
The book masterfully combines historical case studies with sociological methodology and fundamentally changes our understanding of Red Guard factionalism...The book is without doubt one of the greatest breakthroughs in research on the Cultural Revolution published during the past three decades and should be read by anyone interested in the history of mass movements and modern Chinese history in general.
Too little research has been conducted about the fascinating, confusing upheavals that shook China during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution of 1966-68. Now, four decades after the mass fighting was suppressed, Andrew Walder helps to fill important gaps in our knowledge... Fractured Rebellion: The Beijing Red Guard Movement makes an important contribution to our knowledge of an extraordinary, tumultuous period in recent Chinese history.
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Main Description
Fractured Rebellion is the first full-length account of the evolution of China's Red Guard Movement in Beijing, the nation's capital, from its beginnings in 1966 to its forcible suppression in 1968. Andrew Walder combines historical narrative with sociological analysis as he explores the radical student movement's crippling factionalism, devastating social impact, and ultimate failure.Most accounts of the movement have portrayed a struggle among Red Guards as a social conflict that pitted privileged "conservative" students against socially marginalized "radicals" who sought to change an oppressive social and political system. Walder employs newly available documentary evidence and the recent memoirs of former Red Guard leaders and members to demonstrate that on both sides of the bitter conflict were students from comparable socioeconomic backgrounds, who shared similar-largely defensive-motivations. The intensity of the conflict and the depth of the divisions were an expression of authoritarian political structures that continued to exert an irresistible pull on student motives and actions, even in the midst of their rebellion.Walder's nuanced account challenges the main themes of an entire generation of scholarship about the social conflicts of China's Cultural Revolution, shedding light on the most tragic and poorly understood period of recent Chinese history.
Main Description
Fractured Rebellion is the first full-length account of the evolution of Chinas Red Guard Movement in Beijing, the nations capital, from its beginnings in 1966 to its forcible suppression in 1968. Andrew Walder combines historical narrative with sociological analysis as he explores the radical student movements crippling factionalism, devastating social impact, and ultimate failure. Most accounts of the movement have portrayed a struggle among Red Guards as a social conflict that pitted privileged conservative students against socially marginalized radicals who sought to change an oppressive social and political system. Walder employs newly available documentary evidence and the recent memoirs of former Red Guard leaders and members to demonstrate that on both sides of the bitter conflict were students from comparable socioeconomic backgrounds, who shared similar-largely defensive-motivations. The intensity of the conflict and the depth of the divisions were an expression of authoritarian political structures that continued to exert an irresistible pull on student motives and actions, even in the midst of their rebellion. Walders nuanced account challenges the main themes of an entire generation of scholarship about the social conflicts of Chinas Cultural Revolution, shedding light on the most tragic and poorly understood period of recent Chinese history.
Main Description
Fractured Rebellion is the first full-length account of the evolution of China's Red Guard Movement in Beijing, the nation's capital, from its beginnings in 1966 to its forcible suppression in 1968. Andrew Walder combines historical narrative with sociological analysis as he explores the radical student movement's crippling factionalism, devastating social impact, and ultimate failure. Most accounts of the movement have portrayed a struggle among Red Guards as a social conflict that pitted privileged "conservative" students against socially marginalized "radicals" who sought to change an oppressive social and political system. Walder employs newly available documentary evidence and the recent memoirs of former Red Guard leaders and members to demonstrate that on both sides of the bitter conflict were students from comparable socioeconomic backgrounds, who shared similar-largely defensive-motivations. The intensity of the conflict and the depth of the divisions were an expression of authoritarian political structures that continued to exert an irresistible pull on student motives and actions, even in the midst of their rebellion. Walder's nuanced account challenges the main themes of an entire generation of scholarship about the social conflicts of China's Cultural Revolution, shedding light on the most tragic and poorly understood period of recent Chinese history.
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This is a full-length account of the evolution of China's Red Guard movement in Beijing from its beginnings in 1966 to its forcible suppression in 1968. Walder combines historical narrative with sociological analysis as he explores the radical student movement's crippling factionalism and ultimate failure.
Main Description
Fractured Rebellion is the first full-length account of the evolution of China’s Red Guard Movement in Beijing, the nation’s capital, from its beginnings in 1966 to its forcible suppression in 1968. Andrew Walder combines historical narrative with sociological analysis as he explores the radical student movement’s crippling factionalism, devastating social impact, and ultimate failure. Most accounts of the movement have portrayed a struggle among Red Guards as a social conflict that pitted privileged “conservative” students against socially marginalized “radicals” who sought to change an oppressive social and political system. Walder employs newly available documentary evidence and the recent memoirs of former Red Guard leaders and members to demonstrate that on both sides of the bitter conflict were students from comparable socioeconomic backgrounds, who shared similar-largely defensive-motivations. The intensity of the conflict and the depth of the divisions were an expression of authoritarian political structures that continued to exert an irresistible pull on student motives and actions, even in the midst of their rebellion. Walder’s nuanced account challenges the main themes of an entire generation of scholarship about the social conflicts of China’s Cultural Revolution, shedding light on the most tragic and poorly understood period of recent Chinese history.
Table of Contents
List of Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
A Note on Documentationp. xiii
The Beijing Red Guards: An Introductionp. 1
The Assault on Power Structures: Work Teams in the Universitiesp. 28
The Genesis of Division: Sources of Opposition and Conflictp. 59
Divided at Birth: The University Red Guardsp. 88
Class and Violence: The High-School Red Guardsp. 123
Radicals with Patrons: The Rise of the Rebelsp. 155
Dissent and Its Suppression: Challenging the Maoist Elitep. 174
Factions Reborn: Networks at Cross-Purposesp. 203
Endgame: Fighting Not to Losep. 223
Hierarchy and Rebellion: Reflections on the Red Guardsp. 250
Glossary of Namesp. 265
Beijing Red Guard Chronologyp. 271
Work-Team Case Historiesp. 285
Notesp. 293
Referencesp. 367
Indexp. 391
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