One of my favorite blogs, Jottings From the Granite Studio, has a superb post up on Zhou Enlai, entitled, “This date in history: The Death of Zhou Enlai. I see the following as key to the post:
Is our lasting image of Zhou Enlai to be the smooth, urbane diplomat showing up for talks in Geneva in a tailored-suit, silk tie, and fedora? Or will it be the Zhou Enlai standing on top of Tiananmen with a red armband and a little red book, screeching in a high-pitched hysterical frenzy, “Long Live Chairman Mao!” as hordes of fanatical teenagers chant in the square and the Chairman looks on in approval?
I am unable to provide a reasonably intelligent answer to that question and I am not even sure if it is because of my shortcomings on Chinese history or if because it is still too soon to be able to judge dispassionately.
Your thoughts please….