During the Cultural Revolution (CR) the numerous “Red Guard” and “Revolutionary Rebel” organizations published an enormous amount of printed materials in various forms, all of them now referred to as “Red Guard publications.” Some of them have become available to the academic community outside China, thus providing China specialists with their best opportunity for the foreseeable future—until we are able to interview Chinese people freely—to study Chinese politics. This paper contains a general bibliographical survey of the available Red Guard publications and an appraisal of their potential value as source materials.

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