The Red Book And The Power Structure Of Communist China

Propaganda in China during the Cultural Revolution took on many forms;
there were mass Red Guard demonstrations in Tianamen Square in support of Mao
Zedong, pictures of Mao were put up in every conceivable location from
restaurants to the wallpaper in nurseries, and pamphlets and books of Mao's
teachings were distributed to every Chinese citizen. One of these propaganda
publications Quotations from Chairman Mao which later became known as the Little
Red Book contained quotes from Mao Zedong and was distributed to every Chinese
citizen. The history of the Red Book provides one of the best ways in which to
analyze Chinese propaganda during the Cultural Revolution and see the ways in
which ...

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was not just a tool of the
Communist party but also a reflection of internal power struggles within the
party during the Cultural Revolution.
The Red Book was written several years before it became the object of
national adoration and a tool for the Cultivation of Mao's personality Cult. The
history of the Red Book and its meteoric rise from a hand book for military
recruits to compulsory reading for all Chinese citizens, is closely tied to its
developer Lin Biao's rise to power. Lin Biao was born in 1907 and was fourteen
years younger then Mao; he joined the communist party in 1925 and until the
communists captured control of China was at various times in charge of
resistance forces, and armies of communist soldiers. When the communists took
control in 1949 Lin Biao was behind Mao Zedong, Liu Shaoqi, Zhou Enlai, Chen Yun,
and Deng Xiaoping in rank (Yan and Gao, 1996: 179). But eighteen years later
during the height of the Cultural Revolution Lin Biao by winning favor ...

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"to study the writings of Mao
Zedong with questions in mind is to shoot arrows with target in sight," "we must
arm our minds with Mao Zedong's thought" (Yan an Gao, 1996: 181). Lin Biao's
goal of building up both himself and the Cult of Mao lead him in September of
1960 to pass a resolution at the meeting of the Military Commission, which
called for more political education among the armed forces (Yan and Gao, 1996:
Mao Zedong Thought is the compass for the Chinese people's revolution
and socialist construction, the powerful ideological weapon against imperialism,
and the powerful ideological weapon against revisionism and dogmatism..... raise
high the red banner of Mao ...

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