When the Chinese Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (GPCR) of the middle and late 1960s burst forth, the initial response both in China and the West seemed primarily to be one of mystification. The spectacle of severe splits among leaders long thought to be compatible, of armed struggles between factional units whose uniform pledges to Chairman Mao and the Party Center appeared to make their similarities greater than their differences, and of destructive Red Guards who were bent on "tearing down the old world to build a new one" was at first difficult to explain.
List of Abbreviations -- List of Tables, Figures, and Maps -- Acknowledgements -- INTRODUCTION -- A Word on Sources -- PART 1: STUDENTS AND SCHOOLS,1960-1966 -- 1. MISSION AND STRUCTURE OF THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM -- 2. STUDENT RELATIONSHIPS PRIOR TO THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION -- PART 2: THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION -- 3. THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION IN GUANGZHOU: THE INITIAL DIVISION INTOFACTIONS (JUNE 1966APRIL 1967) -- 4. MIDDLE SCHOOL FACTIONALISM IN GUANGZHOU: THE INDIVIDUAL PERSPECTIVE -- 5. MIDDLE SCHOOL FACTIONALISM IN GUANGZHOU: THE SCHOOL PERSPECTIVE -- 6. THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION WINDS DOWN: REBELS AND CONSERVATIVES IN GUANGZHOU AFTER APRIL 1967 -- 7. EPILOGUE -- Notes -- Bibliography – Index.