The Origins of the Cultural Revolution the Coming of the Cataclysm 1961-1966 (volume3)
- Binding: Paperback
- Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr
- Publish date: 11/01/1999
- ISBN: 9780231110839
- ISBN10: 0231110839
"The Coming of the Cataclysm" starts with the great famine of the early 1960s, which resulted in tens of millions of deaths and set in train a series of emergency measures that increasingly divided Mao from his comrades-in-arms. His anger that they were prepared to adopt "capitalist" methods to rescue the country was sharpened by his belief that Moscow had actually gone capitalist and sold out to the "imperialist" West. From 1961 to 1966, the period covered by this volume, the increasingly urgent question for Mao was how to prevent a similar revolutionary degeneration in China. The Cultural Revolution was his answer.
Drawing upon new evidence from Party documents, personal interviews, books, and journals, MacFarquhar details the growing rift between Mao and his colleagues as they attempted to cope with domestic privation and an increasingly hostile international environment -until the Chairman finally decided to smash the unity of the Yanan Round Table by unleashing society against the party-state.