‘The popularity of these songs is unprecedented not only in China, but in the history of world music.’ What did this quotation, from a Chinese Army handbook, refer to?

Answer: Communist Party Quotation Songs. These songs, primarily the quotations of Mao set to music, became immensely popular in China during the Cultural Revolution of the middle years of the 20th Century. Examples of the stirring titles of these tunes include ‘We Must Have Faith in the Masses and ‘We Must Have Faith in the Party’ and ‘He (The Enemy) Will Not Fall If You Do Not Beat Him.’

Source: Rhetoric of the Chinese Cultural Revolution by Xing Lu

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