declare martial law?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by dauthehoang, May 18, 2016.

  1. dauthehoang

    dauthehoang Senior Member

    Hello everyone,
    could anybody make the sentence below clearer to me please?
    "After imposing military rule across China, Mao filled the Red Guard units with new proletarian rebels, often banishing the groups’ original members to far‑flung villages for “re‑education."
    whether the phrase "imposing military rule" be "declaring martial law"?
    A Son of the Cultural Revolution
    Thanks in advance.
  2. dojibear

    dojibear Senior Member

    Fresno CA
    English - Northeast US
    It is not the same. "Imposing military rule" means that the entire government was controlled by the military - starting then and continuing for many years.

    "Declaring martial law" means a temporary order suspending normal laws in one place, such as a city, during a crisis. The same people are still in control (politicians, police) but some new rules will be in effect. For example, a 10 pm curfew: everyone must stay in their homes after 10 pm.
  3. dauthehoang

    dauthehoang Senior Member

    Could you please quote some terms equivalent to which i'm confusing, I mean, imposing military rule? Or, should I translate it literally?
  4. Andygc

    Andygc Senior Member

    British English
    Impose = to apply by authority (Mao was the ruler, he had the authority).
    Military rule = government by the army.
  5. dauthehoang

    dauthehoang Senior Member

    thank you, Andygc.

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