John Gittings analyzes the events of the years 1946-1965. Although his analysis tends to lack focus and to constitute a series of informative but not always related essays, Mr. Gittings nevertheless makes some interesting points--among them, the observation that the source of the Party's critical attitude toward the People's Liberation Army must be sought less in a declining interest in military modernization than in a shift in national priorities toward restoration of the economy and a growing disenchantment with the Soviet model. As Mr. Gittings briefly points out, the conflict between the need to construct a modernized army and the need to ensure that such an army preserves its revolutionary character has never been more clearly displayed than during the Cultural Revolution.
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