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Former good article nominee Cultural Revolution was a History good articles nominee, but did not meet the good article criteria at the time. There are suggestions below for improving the article. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
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ATTENTION[edit]

I do not believe that this article is unbiased. My only aim when reading this was being informed about the cultural revolution led by Mao. Unfortunately there are many expressions in this article that give me the impression that the main aim of this article is showing people that Communism is the end of the world, an ideology that destroys people's life. If what you guys want to write an "article", you need to delete that kind of stuff and just concentrate on the dynamics of the cultural revolution. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 46.128.146.37 (talk) 16:24, 28 October 2012 (UTC)

You're insane. Communism has killed 10s of millions, possibly in the 100s of millions. And Mao was the worst of the lot, the Cultural Revolution killed, purposely, millions, following closely on the heels of The Great Leap Forward, which was even more murderous. These people, Mao, Pol Pot, Stalin, with purpose and malice of intent murdered millions upon millions. There is no way around the murder aspect of communism. 2602:306:3062:D180:8413:A60B:66F3:4257 (talk) 04:56, 23 October 2017 (UTC)
The "dynamics" of the cultural revolution included mass murder and famine. Eliminating all of the bad parts don't make an article neutral.65.209.62.115 (talk) 04:38, 1 August 2015 (UTC)

Still, certain sections could be rephrased to describe neutral actions in a neutral tone, for example the section in this article on the 'Red Guards and the Destruction of the "Four Olds"' refers to the Four Olds as 'old customs, culture, habits, and ideas' rather than the less ambiguous version on the page about the Four Olds, where the choice to list 'Old Customs, Old Culture, Old Habits, and Old Ideas' in full clarifies that Mao was specifically attacking the parts of society he defined as old, and not all ideas or all culture. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2.220.160.132 (talk) 10:04, 16 May 2016 (UTC)

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In the "Great Leap Forward" section of the article, there is this sentence:

"According to various sources,[4] the death toll due to famine may have been as high as 20 to 30 million[citation needed]."

Why is a citation needed if the sentence starts with "According to various sources", along with a very good source? 24.200.23.161 (talk) 02:17, 13 August 2009 (UTC)

"According to various sources" is a vague statement, and it would be helpful to have listed those "various sources" and cite them. WalkerLynnHeather (talk) 15:22, 24 February 2017 (UTC)

Democracy in China[edit]

The final sentence in the introduction is problematic.

"Mao Zedong's desire to have the Chinese people keep wary eyes on their leaders is not dissimilar to other advanced democracies."

First it supposes that Mao's objetive was for the Chinese public to judge its leaders critically, which would contradict his own promotion of a personality cult. Second, the sentence asserts that China is or was an "advanced democracy." As far as I am aware that has never been the case

Book for further reading[edit]

*{{Cite book |last= Wu |first= Yiching |year= 2014 |title= The Cultural Revolution at the Margins: Chinese Socialism in Crisis |location= Cambridge, MA |publisher= [[Harvard University Press]] |isbn= 978-0-674-72879-0 }}

Second Sentence.[edit]

The second sentence is: "Set into motion by Mao Zedong, then Chairman of the Communist Party of China, its stated goal was to enforce communism in the country by removing capitalist, traditional and cultural elements from Chinese society, and to impose Maoist orthodoxy within the Party." I believe there should be a coma between the words "traditional" and "and." I read it a few times to make sure, and it seems like three separate elements (capitalist, traditional, cultural) are being discussed, but without the comma it seems as if capitalist is an adjective which applying to two elements (traditional, cultural). I would add it myself, but page is protected.

Semi-protected edit request on 1 March 2016[edit]

Phidman (talk) 02:55, 1 March 2016 (UTC)

Red question icon with gradient background.svg Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format. --allthefoxes (Talk) 04:20, 1 March 2016 (UTC)

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