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1976-2006 -- watershed years to initial prosperity [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2006-2-16 15:42:22 |Display all floors

Reply #63 wchao37's post

Strategic minds.

Positives leads to more positives and same time allow for corrections of mistakes,not simply cutting heads.

So how shld we go from here?
That was 50 years ago.
What's on your mind now........ooooooooooooooo la la....Kind Regards

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Post time 2006-2-16 16:17:35 |Display all floors

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I will do that.  Thanks for the reminder.  

This is going to be a year-long project done in stages, just like the globetrotting thread.

I will come back to this thread later.

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Post time 2006-5-16 18:44:32 |Display all floors

Truly a great vista from here on!

I have come back to this thread as promised

Today's date is May 16, 2006.

So ask yourself what happened exactly forty years ago today?

Yes, forty years ago today a notice about the start of the CR was announced.  In August of that year there was a huge crowd gathered on TAM Square, and the Red Guards were reviewed by Mao Zedong who stood atop the Gate of Heavenly Peace for hours.

It was the true beginning of the Cultural Revolution, although the literary attacks had already been launched against prominent figures a year earlier in 1965.  

The year 1976 acted as the Fulcrum Point in modern Chinese History.  It was Chinese Culture working its miracle in politics again.  The Way of the Medium (Zhong Yung) forced the pendulum of Extreme Leftism to swing back into non-extremism at a crucial point in time -- upon Mao's passage from the scene.

And the three decades thereafter were the transitional years to Initial Prosperity.  

The Chinese language, the immense territorial strategic reserve of the nation, the Way of the Medium with its characteristic avoidance of extremism throughout the nation's history, the absence of religious wars, and the fact that Chinese leaders were never interested in conquering distant lands were the five reasons accounting for the longevity of the Chinese Civilization.

Pre-modern logistical capabilities were never sufficient to cope with the material demands of world conquest, and so military aggressors in pre-modern times often became enervated, eventually losing even their own homeland to counter-attacking forces.

This is the only reminder I will make about the tumultuous ten years from 1966 to 1976.

Mind you that only events between 1976 and 2006 will be covered in this thread.

Future historians will be wiser and better positioned than us to analyze the Tumultuous Ten Years.

What a great vista from here on!

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Post time 2006-6-25 09:35:19 |Display all floors

The second icon to pass away in the year 1976

Zhu De, a self-effacing man, passed away in the summer of 1976.  As I had said, this thread purports to commemorate the major icons who passed away that year.
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Post time 2006-6-25 09:40:10 |Display all floors

Zhu De passed away on July 6 thirty years ago

I might not be available on that day to come here and make these comments, so I am doing this early to commemorate one of China's greatest sons in the Revolution that made it all possible.

According to the Wikipedia:

Zhū Dé (朱德, Wade-Giles: Chu Teh, zi: Yùjiē 玉阶) (December 1, 1886 – July 6, 1976) was a Chinese Communist military leader and statesman. He is regarded as a founder of the Chinese Red Army (the forerunner of the People's Liberation Army) and the tactician who engineered the revolution from which emerged the People's Republic of China.

He was born into a large farming family in Yilong county, a hilly and isolated section of northern Sichuan province. After a secondary education funded by his clan, Zhu De travelled to Chengdu to study physical education before joining the army. In 1908, he entered the Yunnan Military Academy in Kunming. After his graduation, he taught in the academy. Zhu joined the rebellion that overthrew the Qing dynasty in 1911. He participated in military campaigns with armies of the Yunnan warlords and commanded units along the Laos and Vietnam borders in the early years of the Chinese Republic. During this time, Zhu De developed a strong opium habit, but he managed to recover from the addiction in 1922 at a Shanghai hospital.

Zhu De began to read Marxism and Leninism in Shanghai. In the mid-1920s, he went to Europe, studying at Göttingen University in Germany from 1922 to 1925. Around this time, he joined the Communist Party. Zhou Enlai was one of his sponsors. After he returned to China, Zhu served in a training regiment of Sun Yat-sen's Kuomintang army and Chief of Public Security in Nanchang. Following two arrests for revolutionary activities in China, he was exiled. In July 1925, he travelled to the Soviet Union to study military affairs. In 1926, he returned to China.

Zhu's close affiliation with Mao Zedong began after the failed revolutionary uprisings in 1927, when both men fled to the Jinggang Mountains. From these humble beginnings, Mao and Zhu built the Red Army into a skilled guerrilla force that consolidated and expanded their areas of control. Zhu's bravery and skill in leading these men made him a figure of immense prestige. Locals credited him with supernatural abilities.

During the Long March, Zhu De and Zhang Guotao commanded the "western column" of the Red Army, which barely survived the retreat through Sichuan Province. In Yan'an, Zhu directed the reconstruction of the Red Army under the political guidance of Mao. During the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) and the Chinese Civil War, he held the position of Commander-in-Chief of the Red Army. After 1949, Zhu was named Commander-in-Chief of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). He was also the vice-Chairman of the Communist Party. In 1955, he was made a marshal. He continued to be a prominent and respected elder statesman until his death in July 1976, at which time he was Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress

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Post time 2006-6-25 09:41:16 |Display all floors

Here are a few pictures of Zhu and his comrades

Mao, Zhu, Liu and Chou in the first generation.  

These were Chinese flowers that had bloomed in adversity.

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Post time 2006-6-25 09:50:08 |Display all floors

A plain-living man, Zhu De Yuan Shuai

...who beat all odds to become who he was.

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