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World History Moment: The Chinese Cultural Revolution Begins

Seventeen years after Mao Zedong led the Communists to victory in the Chinese Civil War, another major turning point in China’s history occurred. 

On this day, in 1966, the Chinese Cultural Revolution began with the May 16th Declaration. Historian John Schmidt tells us the story of this bloody period in China.

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