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25. 230. iii. 465488; Cliff Edmunds, "Politics and Historiography after the Great Leap; the Case of Chien Potsan," F. , Maoism and Revisionism in China: 194979. 4, 1959. For an explanation of these terms of economic organization and structural change during 1958, see Cheng Chuyuan, Communist China's Economy 19491962. (Seton Hall University Press, 1963).
He did so because the critical years following the Great Leap Forward and the establishment of the communes had shown that China's most formidable obstacle to modernization still persisted in the field of culture. So, it was imperative for Mao to initiate a cultural revolution to lay the foundation for China's further attempt to modernize itself. "46 Or, was he simply an unyielding honest historian true to his professed standard of historicism and professionalism? In the study of Hai Rui baguan we have at least learned that the informal and invisible builtin mechanism which served to check imperial power based on Confucian tradition has worked every time throughout Chinese histroy, be it imperial, republican or communist.
These revisions both appeared in the final draft and there was no doubt some relation between them. However, to Mao and his followers, Wu's appeal was no less than a mobilization of support. Indiscriminate and harsh sentences had been dealt out to many people and even petty offenders against the law during the ThreeAntis Campaign (19511952) and the AntiRightist Movement (195758), so the demand to reopen cases in the hope of redressing grievances (fan'an) was very popular after the Great Leap failure.