This book recounts two deaths, the murder of Mr. Wang Jin by 31 Red Guards in the Nanjing Foreign Language School, where the senior author was a young student at the time; and the earlier murder of Mrs. Bian Zhongyun of the Girls School affiliated with the Beijing Normal University in 1966. The book is a history of two small incidents in a massive social injustice and also an attempt to understand the Cultural Revolution (CR) within the framework of modern social movement theory. The book elaborates on the sources of violence in the CR, and the definition and periodization of the CR (that is, what was it, and when did it begin and end?).
Joshua Zhang, Ph.D. (1996), Tulane University, is a researcher at the Texas Attorney General’s Office. He has published monographs, book chapters and papers, including
Neither One Cultural Revolution, Nor Two Cultural Revolutions (2015).
James D. Wright, Ph.D. (1973), University of Wisconsin, is the Pegasus Professor of Sociology at the University of Central Florida. He has authored or co-authored 27 research monographs and more than 300 journal articles, book chapters and essays.
Acknowledgements List of Important Individuals List of Tables and Figures List of Abbreviations
Part 1 Two Important Incidents in the Chinese Cultural Revolution
A Concise History of the Cultural Revolution
A General Account of the Wang Jin Incident
The Aftermath of the Wang Jin Incident
The Bian Zhongyun Incident
The Controversy over the Bian Zhongyun Incident
A Comparison between the Wang and Bian Incidents
Part 2 Violence and the Cultural Revolution
A Review of Research on Violence in the Cultural Revolution
The Red Guards and Students of the Nanjing Foreign Language School
Conformity and Obedience to Authority
The Cultural Revolution as a Real-life Version of the Stanford Prison Experiment
Part 3 Periodization and Definition of the Cultural Revolution
Different Versions of the Cultural Revolution Periodization and Definition
Was the Cultural Revolution Cultural? Was it a Revolution?
Statistical Models for Analysis
The Implications of the Analytic Models
Periodization and Definition of the Cultural Revolution
Appendix A: The Original Report of the Wang Jin Investigation (1967)
Appendix B: More Details from the Original Investigation Report (1967)
All interested in the Cultural Revolution, and anyone concerned with the modern China history.