By D. N. Mackenzie
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Although it appears to be based on a field survey, Report aspires to prefigure the future rather than reconstruct the past. All of the events and statements Mao recounts serve as references or even guidance for upcoming revolutionary activities. Many paragraphs do not concern the past or ongoing circumstances, but 38â•‡â•‡ The will to land, the will to revolution focus on painting the future of revolution. Mao uses violent natural images like thunderstorms and hurricanes to prescribe revolution in an apocalyptic way in the opening part of Report: In a very short time, in China’s central provinces in both north and south, several hundred million peasants will rise up like a mighty storm, like a hurricane, a force so swift and violent that no power, however great, will be able to hold it back.
The remaining nine-Â�tenths is devoted to elaborate arguments on the legitimacy of violence and its proper implementation. In fact, Report functions as a companion to mobÂ€rule. Poetics of violence Mao establishes a poetics of violence in Report. ” Using the rhetorical strategy of synecdoche, Mao defines an entire class by one of its parts—he does not differentiate good landlords from bad landlords. ) In the same way, he collapses the gentry class. All gentry are classified as “evil gentry” (lieshen 劣绅).
Revolution works in and on time; it rewrites history in a performative gesture that depends on marking a difference with the past. Hence a common revolutionary act is starting a new calendar. 20â•‡â•‡ Introduction The classical approach of placing revolution in the context of linear temporality has sufficiently explained the ruptures in historical continuity, and is also in accordance with the evolutionary imagining of human history since the Enlightenment. Revolution, however, operates in both temporal and spatial dimensions.
A Concise Pahlavi Dictionary (School of Oriental & African Studies) by D. N. Mackenzie
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