Cultural revolution PowerPointPresentation Transcript
Reviving the Revolution After the failure of the Great Leap forward Mao felt that he needed to revive the revolutionary spirit. He urged China’s young people to, “learn revolution by making revolution.” Millions of young people left school and joined militia units called the Red Guards.
Cultural Revolution The Red Guards led to a major uprising known as the Cultural Revolution. The goal of the Cultural Revolution was to create a classless society where everybody is equal.
Goal of the Cultural Revolution The peasant/worker was the person who was glorified in the Cultural Revolution. The intellectual/artist was considered to be dangerous. The Red Guards shut down schools, and universities. They began doing raids of homes of the wealthy. People thought to have special privileges were sent to hard labor camps or jail where they were often worked to death.
Four Olds Four Olds were things Mao and the Red Guards felt China needed to get rid of in order to move forward. The four olds were: Old Customs Old Culture Old Habits Old Ideas
Results of Cultural Revolution The Cultural Revolution resulted in widespread chaos, people were often turning on neighbors, friends, and enemies. Production virtually stopped, and China seemed on the verge of civil war again. By 1976 even Mao admitted the Cultural Revolution had to end and had the Red Guards disbanded.