Mao Zedong and Cultural Revolution

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Zedong initiated a series of revolutions to change the way China ran, the final being the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution starting in 1966 and ending in 1976 (1). The goal of this investigation is to determine Mao Zedong’s motives as a leader to initiate such a movement that ended up with the loss of culture, struggle between social classes, force of government, and the loss of human life (2). This investigation will describe Mao as a person, China as a country, the Cultural Revolution as a movement, and the results following the movement for Mao Zedong and China, to tell whether or not the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution was a good thing or bad thing, as well as if it was a success or failure. In 1966, Mao Zedong, leader of…show more content…
As a later effect of the Cultural Revolution, people protested and they were thus punished. One incident of people’s opposition toward Mao Zedong’s views is known as the Tiananmen Massacre, where hundreds of protesting college students were gunned down by soldiers (9). Following the massacre at Tiananmen Square, Deng, ruler following Mao Zedong, and his officials attempted to cover-up this to the world. They used news coverage to hide the fact that thousands of people were slaughtered by soldiers by lying and saying that none had perished that day (10). The statistics of the wealth in China was published in 2004, and shows that many of China’s inhabitants were not wealthy at all, and were receiving little pay for they jobs they had. Mao Zedong’s had the goal of modernizing China in the 1900’s, with his last attempt being the Cultural Revolution in the late 1960’s. Mao Zedong believed that the country was living in the 1800’s, and he wanted a great deal of change to take place to improve China’s rank in the world. Within his plans in his last revolutionary movement, his goal was to improve China’s political system, people’s social statuses, as well as their rank in the world (1). He wanted things bigger and greater, from the amount of production of goods to his personal goals to be respected and supported by all with no question of his
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