The Cultural Revolution in the Countryside: Scope, Timing and Human Impact

  title={The Cultural Revolution in the Countryside: Scope, Timing and Human Impact},
  author={Andrew G. Walder and Yang Su},
  journal={The China Quarterly},
  pages={74 - 99}
Information extracted from 1,520 county annals published after 1987 is used to estimate the timing and impact of the Cultural Revolution in rural China. Outside observers initially concluded that the movement had little impact on remote rural regions, while early post-Mao revelations suggested that the opposite was the case. Adjusting for the tendency of shorter accounts to report fewer casualties, and with additional assumptions about under-reporting in the longer and more detailed accounts… 

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