Top Dog, Top Down

An analysis of Mao Zedong’s role in the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

As this paper will demonstrate, Zhou, and those he was allowed to influence, in fact controlled a great deal of the decision-making that went on during the Revolution, particularly that involving foreign affairs. This fact weakens the argument that the Revolution was purely a top down movement and demands that we consider it as, to use a somewhat awkward expression, something more of a top and near-top down movement.