"In 1981 the Communist Party of China declared: "The Cultural Revolution", which lasted from May 1966 to October 1976, was responsible for the heaviest losses suffered by the Party, the state and the people since the founding of the People's Republic. The civilizational crisis called the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution still eludes our historical, political, and psychological understanding.This book helps to fill the gap. It features twelve extended, psychoanalytically-oriented interviews, six with witnesses to the revolution and six more with sons and daughters ... The authors explore Chinese ways of processing the experience of violence, both individually and in collective memory, and identify psycho-traumatic consequences for witnesses and for the following generation."--Publishers website
Introduction: Cultural Revolution and cultural regression / Tomas Plankers Negotiating the past: narratives of the Cultural Revolution in party history, literature, popular media, and interviews / Natascha Gentz The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) as an experience of contingency / Liying Wang Red terror: the experience of violence during the Cultural Revolution / Rolf Haubl The Cultural Revolution in the mirror of the soul: a research project of the Sigmund Freud Institute / Tomas Plankers Psychic trauma between the poles of the individual and society in China / Tomas Plankers The Chinese Cultural Revolution: a traumatic experience and its intergenerational transmission / Friedrich Markert.