Mao unleashed this violence, according to many accounts of people who were close to him, because he feared that after his death, as with Stalin, his successors would turn on him and dismantle communism. Roderick MacFarquhar of Harvard and Michael Schoenhals of Lund, leading authorities on the Cultural Revolution, note that much of what Mao said was gobbledygook or opaque, puzzling even to those closest to him, who feared that at any moment they could become his victims.
This enabled the Chairman to hint strongly that some extremely violent acts must be committed but contend later that he had been misunderstood.
Andrew Walder, too, has written a great deal about the problems surrounding the Cultural Revolution. This is exclusive content for subscribers only.
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