Some Questions on Party History June 1981
After Mao’s death in 1976, there was a period of political transition. By 1979 the new leadership under Deng Xiaoping had consolidated, and it turned its attention to righting the wrongs it had seen in the Cultural Revolution. This left the party with a delicate task: how to acknowledge Mao’s errors in the Cultural Revolution without discrediting the entire CCP. The resolution presented here was passed by the Central Committee on June 27, 1981. Like its predecessor, the first resolution on party history passed at the Seventh Party Congress in Yan’an in 1945, this resolution sought to lay to rest unresolved issues and to buttress the current leadership. It was decidedly less successful than the 1945 version in achieving this goal.
KeywordsChinese Communist Party Cultural Revolution Central Committee Party Leader Political Transition
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