Jiang Qing, wife of Mao Tse-tung, reached the highest power position, short of being President, and was the driving force behind China’s Cultural Revolution; economic activity halted, ancient buildings, artifacts, antiques, books and paintings were destroyed, and the education system came to a virtual halt; many intellectuals sent to prison camps. Millions had their human rights annulled; more were forcibly displaced. Estimates of death toll: 500,000 to 3 million, 36 million persecuted.
Siegfried Sassoon was one of the most significant of the First World War poets. His uncompromising poetry detailed the horror of the trenches, the bravery of the soldiers and their anger at the inhumanity of the brutal, mechanised war.