Andrew G. Walder


On his book Fractured Rebellion: The Beijing Red Guard Movement

Cover Interview of April 16, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Why the Cultural Revolution’s student red guards fought one another”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“So why did they join groups that fought with one another for almost two years?  The best short answer is that student leaders were searching for clues about how to respond in a situation where a very coercive political system was breaking down.”

On the second:

“People’s choices in confusing historical circumstances aren’t as clear as social scientists sometimes think.”