Glossary: Gang of Four

DEFINITION:
Term used by the post-Mao leadership to denote the four leading radical figures--Jiang Qing (Maos fourth wife), Zhang Chunqiao, Yao Wenyuan, and Wang Hongwen--who played a dominant political role during the Cultural Revolution (q.v.) decade (1966-76) until Maos death in September 1976 and their arrest several weeks later. Their ""antiparty"" deeds are often linked with Lin Biao, an early leader of the Cultural Revolution, who also has been discredited.

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