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The Chinese Cultural Revolution in Plain English

The Chinese Cultural Revolution in Plain English

By: Christina, Tina, Annarosa (A.C.T)

The big idea that it showed about revolutions is that people who are dedicated and inspired by a leaders idea, follow and support him/her, when he/she is trying to change the society, by starting a revolution or an act. The Chinese Revolution also displayed a key point that sparked conflict also in other revolutions, which is the difference in social classes. One of many reasons revolution happens is where a class tries to eliminate another. “A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, king, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.” “Report on an Investigation of the Peasant Movement in Hunan” (March 1927), Selected Works, Vol 1, pg.28 This quote from Mao shows his perspective of what a revolution is like. Even though a revolution can be a good thing, trying to make your country better, but with that comes sacrifice and bloodshed. To achieve the main goal of the revolution, people would have to suffer and endure the conflicts(wars/famine). Even with these conflicts, in the end, we gain new experiences and it leaves behind important ideas that we learn from.