Mao Zedong and China's Revolutions: A Brief History with Documents / Edition 1

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Whether one views Mao Zedong as a hero or a demon, the "Great Helmsman" was, undoubtedly, a pivotal figure in the history of twentieth-century China, a man whose life and writings provide a fascinating window on the Chinese experience from the 1920s onward. Part Mao biography, part historical overview of the turbulent story of China’s Communist revolutions, the introductory essay traces the history of twentieth-century China, from Mao’s early career up to the Chinese Communist Party’s victory in 1949, through three decades of revolution to Mao’s death in 1976. The second half of the volume offers a selection of Mao’s writings — including such seminal pieces as "On New Democracy" and selections from the Little Red Book — and writings about Mao and his legacy by both his contemporaries and modern scholars. Also included are headnotes to the documents, a chronology, Questions for Consideration, 12 images, a selected bibliography, and an index.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312256265
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 5/16/2002
  • Series: Bedford Cultural Editions Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 259
  • Sales rank: 821,457
  • Product dimensions: 5.93 (w) x 8.14 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Cheek is associate professor of history at Colorado College, where he has taught since 1988. His research and teaching focus on the recent history of China, especially the role of Chinese intellectuals in the twentieth century and the history of the Chinese Communist Party. His books include Propaganda and Culture in Mao's China: Deng Tuo and the Intelligentsia (1997); New Perspectives on State Socialism in China (1997), with Anthony Saich; The Secret Speeches of Chairman Mao (1989), with Roderick MacFarquhar and Eugene Wu; and China's Establishment Intellectuals (1986), with Carol Lee Hamrin. He is currently researching contemporary Chinese historiography and the development of professions in modern China.

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Table of Contents


List of Maps and Illustrations

INTRODUCTION: Comrade, Chairman, Helmsman - The Continuous Revolutions of Mao Zedong
China's Revolutions

Battle Cry

Creating a New China
Utopian Revolutions: The Hundred Flowers Campaign, Great Leap Forward, and Cultural Revolution

Experiencing Mao’s Revolutions

Mao Documents

A Note about the Texts
1. Report on the Peasant Movement in Hunan, February 1927
2. On New Democracy, January 15, 1940
3. Talks at the Yan'an Conference on Literature and Art, 1942
4. Resolution of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party on Methods of Leadership, June 1, 1943
5. Snow, 1945
6. The Chinese People Have Stood Up, September 1949
7. On the Correct Handling of Contradictions among the People, June 1957
8. Talks at the Beidaihe Conference, August 1958
9. American Imperialism Is Closely Surrounded by the Peoples of the World, 1964
10. Cultural Revolution Readings, 1960s
Bombard the Headquarters, August 5, 1966
Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong, 1968
Just a Few Words, October 25, 1966

Documenting Mao
11. Edgar Snow, Interview with Mao, 1937
12. Stuart Schram, The Struggle on Two Fronts, 1967
13. Nick Knight, Mao Zedong's "Sinification of Marxism," 1985
14. Li Zhisui, The Emperor of Zhongnanhai, 1994
15. Rae Yang, At the Center of the Storm, 1997
16. Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party,

Some Questions on Party History, June 1981
17. Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Mao Matters, 1996
18. Geremie Barmé, Shades of Mao, 1990s
A Place in the Pantheon: Mao and Folk Religion by Xin Yuan
"Musical Chairman"

A China Chronology (1893-1976)
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography

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