During what Dikotter calls “The Black Years” from 1968 to 1971, the Cultural Revolution moved to the countryside, as former Red Guards were rusticated by the millions to “learn from” the peasants and prepare for war with the Soviet Union along the border. Dikotter describes the experience as an unremittingly terrible time of suffering, hunger, rape and abuse. Yet the rustification movement has produced hundreds of Chinese-language memoirs, many of which testify that for some young people, the time in the countryside was more nuanced or even bittersweet than he indicates. The rusticated youth, arguably, helped China to break with its Maoist past, for they later became known as the “awakened generation” and the “thoughtful generation” as they gradually inherited the leadership of the country. Their experiences in the countryside gave them the chance to re-evaluate the very premises of the revolution.
馮客(Frank Dikötter)著《文化大革命：一部人民的歷史，1962-1976》(The Cultural Revolution: A People』s History, 1962-1976)。
more nuanced 更微妙，非"更複雜"
the very premises of the revolution 文革的理論基礎 ，非"前提這個根本問題"。
an idea or theory on which a statement or action is based:
[+ that] They had started with the premise that all men are created equal.
The research project is based on the premise stated earlier.
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verb [T] FORMAL
to base a theory, argument, etc. on an idea, thought, or belief:
He premised his argument on several incorrect assumptions.
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n. also prem·iss (prĕm'ĭs)
- A proposition upon which an argument is based or from which a conclusion is drawn.
- One of the propositions in a deductive argument.
- Either the major or the minor proposition of a syllogism, from which the conclusion is drawn.
- premises Law. The preliminary or explanatory statements or facts of a document, as in a deed.
- Land and the buildings on it.
- A building or part of a building.
v., -ised, -is·ing, -is·es. v.tr.
- To state in advance as an introduction or explanation.
- To state or assume as a proposition in an argument.
To make a premise.
[Middle English premisse, from Old French, from Medieval Latin praemissa (propositiō), (the proposition) put before, premise, from Latin, feminine past participle of praemittere, to set in front : prae-, pre- + mittere, to send.]
WORD HISTORY Why do we call a single building the premises? To answer this question, we must go back to the Middle Ages. But first, let it be noted that premises comes from the past participle praemissa, which is both a feminine singular and a neuter plural form of the Latin verb praemittere, "to send in advance, utter by way of preface, place in front, prefix." In Medieval Latin the feminine form praemissa was used as a term in logic, for which we still use the term premise descended from the Medieval Latin word (first recorded in a work composed before 1380). Medieval Latin praemissa in the plural meant "things mentioned before" and was used in legal documents, almost always in the plural, a use that was followed in Old French and Middle English, both of which borrowed the word from Latin. A more specific legal sense in Middle English, "that property, collectively, which is specified in the beginning of a legal document and which is conveyed, as by grant," was also always in the plural in Middle English and later Modern English. And so it remained when this sense was extended to mean "a house or building with its grounds or appurtenances," a usage first recorded before 1730.
the land and buildings owned by someone, especially by a company or organization:
The company is relocating to new premises.
There is no smoking allowed anywhere on school premises.
The ice cream is made on the premises (= in the building where it is sold).
The security guards escorted the protesters off (= away from) the premises.