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    HOWLETT, JONATHAN J. 2013. ‘The British boss is gone and will never return’: Communist takeovers of British companies in Shanghai (1949–1954). Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 47, Issue. 06, p. 1941.

  • The China Quarterly, Volume 193
  • March 2008, pp. 102-121

Reconsidering the Campaign to Suppress Counterrevolutionaries*


Power seized with violence has to be maintained with violence. This truth has been repeatedly proved in the course of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party. The suppression of the counterrevolutionary movement in the 1950–53 period was the first campaign launched by the PRC aimed at cleansing opposition elements. This article re-examines Mao Zedong's policies and practices, and the interaction between China's central and local authorities during the campaign. It assesses whether the campaign met its goals and its implications for the future use of suppression by the regime.

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