Mao Zedong and China in the Twentieth-Century World: A Concise History

Mao Zedong and China in the Twentieth-Century World: A Concise History

by Rebecca E. Karl
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822347954

ISBN-13: 9780822347958

Pub. Date: 08/13/2010

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Throughout this lively and concise historical account of Mao Zedong's life and thought, Rebecca E. Karl places the revolutionary leader's personal experiences, social visions and theory, military strategies, and developmental and foreign policies in a dynamic narrative of the Chinese revolution. She situates Mao and the revolution in a global setting informed by

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Throughout this lively and concise historical account of Mao Zedong's life and thought, Rebecca E. Karl places the revolutionary leader's personal experiences, social visions and theory, military strategies, and developmental and foreign policies in a dynamic narrative of the Chinese revolution. She situates Mao and the revolution in a global setting informed by imperialism, decolonization, and third worldism, and discusses worldwide trends in politics, the economy, military power, and territorial sovereignty. Karl begins with Mao's early life in a small village in Human province, documenting his relationships with his parents, passion for education, and political awakening during the fall of the Qing dynasty in late 1911. She traces his transition from liberal to Communist over the course of the next decade, his early critiques of the subjugation of women, and the gathering force of the May 4th movement for reform and radical change. Describing Mao's rise to power, she delves into the dynamics of Communist organizing in an overwhelmingly agrarian society, and Mao's confrontations with Chiang Kaishek and other nationalist conservatives. She also considers his marriages and romantic liaisons and their relation to Mao as the revolutionary founder of Communism in China. After analyzing Mao's stormy tenure as chairman of the People's Republic of China, Karl concludes by examining his legacy in China from his death in 1976 through the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822347958
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
08/13/2010
Series:
Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements ix

1 China in the World in Mao's Youth 1

2 From Liberal to Communist, 1912-1921 9

3 Toward the Peasant Revolution, 1921-1927 21

4 Establishing Revolutionary Bases: From Jinggangshan to Yan'an, 1928-1935 35

5 Yan'an, the War of Resistance against Japan, and Civil War, 1935-1949 51

6 Stabilizing Society and the Transition to Socialism, 1949-1957 73

7 Great Leap and Restoration, 1958-1965 99

8 The Cultural Revolution: Politics in Command, 1966-1969 117

9 The Cultural Revolution: Denouement and Death of Mao, 1969-1976 139

10 Reform, Restoration, and the Repudiation of Maoism, 1976-Present 159

Notes 185

Bibliography 191

Index 193

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