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Those in the military, the bureaucracy, industry, higher educational institutions and the departments of culture and propaganda who expected to suffer similarly, if the Great Leap Forward policy ran it course, were probably among those most likely to answer the call and rise against the revolutionary left then in power.  Yet to a renowned historian such as Wu there was no alternative. 35 In Page 43 both ways the play, as political weapon, affected Mao's government adversely while it popularized and strengthened the opposition.

465­488; Cliff Edmunds, "Politics and Historiography after the Great Leap; the Case of Chien Potsan," F. , Maoism and Revisionism in China: 1949­79.  4, 1959.  For an explanation of these terms of economic organization and structural change during 1958, see Cheng Chu­yuan, Communist China's Economy 1949­1962. (Seton Hall University Press, 1963).

However, to Mao and his followers, Wu's appeal was no less than a mobilization of support. Indiscriminate and harsh sentences had been dealt out to many people and even petty offenders against the law during the Three­Antis Campaign (1951­1952) and the Anti­Rightist Movement (1957­58), so the demand to reopen cases in the hope of redressing grievances (fan'an) was very popular after the Great Leap failure.  It was therefore natural for Wu to feel at this time that his plea remained unheard, and the demand of the opposition had made no impact.

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