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Andrew Walder Talk

Andrew Walder, Stanford University, will present a talk on Rebellion and Repression in China, 1966-1971
When Jan 21, 2014
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where SSH 2203
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Contact Phone 530-752-3046
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Andy Walder talk

In the first five years after the onset of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, one of the largest political upheavals of the 20th

century paralyzed a powerfully centralized party state, leading to a harsh regime of military control. Despite a wave of

post-Mao revelations in the 1980s, knowledge about the nationwide

impact of this insurgency and its suppression remains

selective and impressionistic, based primarily on scattered

local accounts. A dataset drawn from historical narratives

published in 2,213 county and city annals (99 percent of

all local jurisdictions), permits us to map the temporal and

geographic spread of a mass insurgency, its evolution through

time, and the repression through which militarized state structures

were rebuilt. Statistical models designed to compensate

for sample selection bias yield estimates for deaths and political

casualties from various causes. The vast majority of casualties

were due to organized repression by authorities, not the

actions of insurgents in the course of rebellion. Despite the

large aggregate death toll, on a per capita basis the Cultural Revolution was considerably less intense than other wellknown

cases of politically-induced mortality.

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