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It has been more than a century since the birth of Mao Zedong. From the collapse of the old Chinese Empire in 1912 to the foundation of the People's Republic in 1949, his history is linked with that of contemporary China and with the history of world communism as well. His version of guerilla warfare and revolution resulted in the construction of a socialist society that became a model of socialism throughout the world.Both a tyrant and rebel, Mao wanted to rule through revolution. Yet the Big Leap Forward (1958) and the Cultural Revolution (1966) plunged China into chaos without saving it from totalitarianism. After 1978, de-Maoisation and economic reforms by Deng Xiaoping helped heal the country's wounds, but the future remains uncertain.Whether China should be an empire united or broken, serenely "open" or in conflict, democratic or authoritarian, egalitarian or prosperous - so many lingering questions remain of those that Mao and his generation began asking nearly a century ago. Was the Maoist Revolution futile? Would China have been better off without Mao-and is such a thing imaginable?

Mao and the Chinese revolution - Yves Chevrier

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Title
Mao and the Chinese revolution
Author
Yves Chevrier
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
The Armchair Traveller at the BookHaus
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20040805

It has been more than a century since the birth of Mao Zedong. From the collapse of the old Chinese Empire in 1912 to the foundation of the People's Republic in 1949, his history is linked with that of contemporary China and with the history of world communism as well. His version of guerilla warfare and revolution resulted in the construction of a socialist society that became a model of socialism throughout the world.Both a tyrant and rebel, Mao wanted to rule through revolution. Yet the Big Leap Forward (1958) and the Cultural Revolution (1966) plunged China into chaos without saving it from totalitarianism. After 1978, de-Maoisation and economic reforms by Deng Xiaoping helped heal the country's wounds, but the future remains uncertain.Whether China should be an empire united or broken, serenely "open" or in conflict, democratic or authoritarian, egalitarian or prosperous - so many lingering questions remain of those that Mao and his generation began asking nearly a century ago. Was the Maoist Revolution futile? Would China have been better off without Mao-and is such a thing imaginable?

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Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Heads of state - China - Biography.|China - Politics and government - 1949-1976.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
158

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