The Cultural Revolution in china

how it begian

  • Mao Zedong launched the cultural revolution order to reassert his authority over the Chinese government
  • Mao own position in government had weakend after the failure of his "great leap forward"
  • Mao gathered a group of radicals including his wife and defense minister , to help him attacking current party leadership and reassert his authority
  • The movement paralyzed China politically and significantly affected the country's economy and society

Who were the red gaurds?

  • attacked and hurt members of china
  • groups of militant university and high school students formed into paramilitary units as part of the Cultural Revolution (1966–76)
  • These young people often wore green jackets similar to the uniforms of the Chinese army at the time, with red armbands attached to one of the sleeves
  • the Red Guards who responded in August 1966 to his summons fancied themselves as new revolutionary rebels pledged to eliminating all remnants of the old culture in China
  • Several million Red Guards journeyed to Beijing to meet with Mao

how it affected the population

  • Millions of people were persecuted in the violent struggles
  • a largely segment of the population was forcibly displaced
  • many commented suicide
  • the population had a great drop due to the Revolution

How It Could Happen to Day

This could happen today if a group decides to attack there someone to get there way of life.