The Hundred Flowers Campaign

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  • The Hundred Flowers Campaign
    • Why was it introduced?
      • Confidence and Popularity: Mao was confident within his position
        • Impressed with his achievements in the 5 Year Plans - Revolution was no longer vunerable
        • Lee Feigion - it was just a trick to rat out his opponents
      • Destalination: Influenced by the USSR
        • Kruschev had begun criticising Stalins 'Cult of Personality' He wanted to distance himself from Stalin.
      • Removal of opposition
        • Lee Feigion - it was just a trick to rat out his opponents
        • Deliberate ploy to bring critics into the open so he could attack them.
    • Effects of the Hundred Flowers Campaign
      • Wide Spread Criticism
      • Removal of Opposition
        • Peng Duhuai at the 1959 Lushan Conference
        • Zhou Enlai was forced to make a humiliating public self-critisim despite being loyal
      • Creation of a climate of fear
        • No-one was above being targeted
          • Zhou Enlai was forced to make a humiliating public self-critisim despite being loyal

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