The Validity of Harding’s Crisis Orientated View of Anti-Liberalism


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The Validity of Harding’s Crisis Orientated View of Anti-Liberalism
The Hundred Flower’s Campaign and China’s Cultural Revolution
This historical analysis will define the validity of Harding’s (1981) crisis orientated interpretation of anti-liberalism in China’s Hundred Flowers Campaign and in the Cultural Revolution. In Harding’s view, the Hundred Flowers Campaign defined the critical point in which the Communist Party used a the propaganda of a cultural movement to lure out dissenters of strict hardliner consensus. In addition tot this, the glorification of the so-called Cultural Revolution of the late 1960s reflects important aspect of severe and sometimes violent anti-liberal sentiment that was aimed at teachers in Beijing’s school...
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.....Cultural Revolution took an even greater position as a liberal thinking movement that posed a threat to the Communist Party, resulting in violence and attacks on non-Communist citizens. In these ways, Harding’s position is valid in that they represent propagandistic cultural movements, which were partially organized the Communist Part to weed out dissenters that opposed their hardliner stance.
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Harding, Harry. Organizing China: the Problem of Bureaucracy, 1949-1976 (Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 1981.
MacFarquhar, Robert. Mao’s Last Revolution. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2008.