I am currently writing a thesis about a popular experiment that took place during the Cultural Revolution. However, I am very interested in understanding better the debates during the 50s and 60s about the position of chairman of the PRC. I could not find any publication on this topic, although it seems quite relevant to comprehend the political fissures within the Party at the time. It seems decisions over this position are always described as epiphenomena, or as improvised decisions made by some individuals. But I know it was not the case, for it was actually debated in CC meetings and also in enlarged congresses of the CCP. Can you point me to any researches on the topic?
And also a more specific question: has anyone written about how the grassroots reacted after Mao Zedong letf the position of chairman of the PRC in november of 1958?
Thank you all very much!