Old party secretary (Selected from the Huxian peasant painting exhibition)

Lao shuji (Xuan zi Huxian nongmin huazhan)
老书记 (选自户县农民画展
Old party secretary
1974, June
Shanghai renmin chubanshe (上海人民出版社)
77x53 cm.
BG E27/321

'Safe' books devoted to Mao Zedong Thought and subjects related to the Maoist interpretation of reality were essential reading material for leaders at every level, including party secretaries in the rural areas. The official version of events as it was handed down had to be scrutinized, studied and applied in practice.

The book read can just be recognized as 'Anti-Dühring' (反杜林论) by Friedrich Engels (恩格斯), first published in German in 1878. It was both a brief and readable explanation of Marxist theory, and a harsh reckoning with a rival (Eugen Dühring).

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