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Banished to the Great Northern Wilderness: Political Exile and Re-education in Mao's China

Ning Wang


After Mao Zedong's Anti-Rightist Campaign of 1957–58, Chinese intellectuals were subjected to “re-education” by the state. This book draws on labor farm archives, interviews, and memoirs to provide a remarkable look at the suffering and complex psychological world of these banished Beijing intellectuals. The book's use of newly uncovered Chinese-language sources challenges the concept of the intellectual as renegade martyr, showing how exiles often declared allegiance to the state for self-preservation. While Mao's campaign victimized the banished, many of those same people also turned against ... More

Keywords: Mao Zedong, China, Chinese labor farms, banished intellectuals, Chinese intellectuals, self-preservation, comrades, Chinese exiles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501713187
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501713187.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ning Wang, author
Brock University