How did the Cultural Revolution affect China?
The Cultural Revolution was mass mobilization launched by Mao of the masses, vis–vis some of the power elites inside the party and that is quite unique. The Cultural Revolution also involves a kind of frontal attack on the old customs, traditional values and cultural norms. Again launched by Mao because Mao seriously believed that even though the China’s communist party was the ruling party and they had the power and they were trying to change the economy, they [had] they failed. They had failed to fundamentally change the Chinese society in terms of culture, in terms of values and norms. So Mao believed that to continue this revolution, that China had to change people’s value, people’s views of the world in the mold of socialism and communism and that’s what the Cultural Revolution, at least as part of its intended consequences were. During the Cultural Revolution, how were people treated? It depends on what kind of families, or what kind of social strata they belong to. For example,