Invoking the Ghosts of Blagoveshchensk: Massacre, Memory, and the Post-Mao Search for Historical Identity

  • Martin Fromm


During the early 1980s, the People’s Republic of China faced a double crisis of legitimacy. The degeneration of society into violent ideological factionalism during the lost decade of the Cultural Revolution (1966–1976) appeared to render bankrupt the revolutionary ideals by which the Chinese Communist Party had defined itself. At the same time, the post-Mao market reforms called into question the socialist principles to which the party claimed adherence. These two issues of collective trauma and ideological vacuity required the party’s involvement in a national project of political healing, reconciliation, and reconsolidation.


Chinese Communist Party Cultural Revolution Historical Material Entrepreneurial Spirit Chinese Resident 
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