The Great Leap Forward Summary
Mao's economic and social plan between 1958 to 1960. His goal was to rapidly transform China from a primarily agrarian (or farming) economy into a modern, industrialized communist society.
The Cultural Revolution
Mao Zedong started the Cultural Revoltuion in 1966 to reassert his leadership after the failures of the Great Leap Forward.
The Tiananmen Square protests began in mid-April 1989. Pro-democracy students and other protesters who wanted more political freedom in China started to gather in Tiananmen Square after the death of Hu Yaobang, a Chinese politician who was seen as a supporter of their cause on April 15, 1989.