China Since 1900 by Josh Brooman

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Hua versus the moderates · The big question still to be answered after the arrest of the Gang of Four was which road should China follow now? Hua Guofeng and his supporters were in no doubt: they should follow in the footsteps of Mao Zedong. In 1 977 they declared that whatever Mao had said must be obeyed and whatever decisions Mao had made must be put into action. Hua and his supporters were called 'Whateverists' because of this. The other road, of course, was the moderate one. Unfortunately for them, the moderates had no leaders in the Party at the time of Mao's death, for Deng Xiaoping had been expelled after the Tienanmen Square riot.

In all, it is thought that they killed around 400,000 people. Countless thousands more were beaten up, humiliated, tortured and imprisoned. The cult of Mao Zedong Throughout the Cultural Revolution the Red Guards followed every word of Mao Zedong. Much of their time was spent reading and memorising the Little Red Book, 740 million copies of which were printed between 1 966 and 1 969. Pictures, busts and statues of Mao were put up in every street and workplace. Many people bowed before his picture after getting up in the morning and before getting into bed at night.

The Treaty of Friendship, Alliance and Mutual Assistance, 1950 2. The invasion of Tibet, 1950 3. The Korean War, 1950-3 4. The Sino-Soviet Split 5. China's relations with the U SA 6. The Tibetan rebellion, 1959 7. The war with India, 1962 8. The invasion of Vietnam, 1979 9. The easing of relations with the world in the 1980s 1.

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