Mao Zedong And China's Revolutions

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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 20th-century China. The first part of this volume is an introductory essay that traces the history of 20th-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 I 1976. The second half offers a selection of Mao's writings—including such seminal pieces as "On the 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, a chronology, Questions for Consideration, photographs, a selected bibliography, and index.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312294298
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/1/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Cheek is Associate Professor of History at Colorado College.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction
• The Continuous Revolutions of Mao Zedong
• China's Revolutions
• Mao Texts
• Mao's Legacy
Part II: Mao Documents
• Report on the Peasant Movement in Hunan
• "Mobile Warfare" from Strategy in China's Revolutionary War
• On New Democracy
• Talks at the Yan'an Conference on Literature and Art
• Resolution of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party on Methods of Leadership
• "Snow"
• "The Chinese People Have Stood Up" from Speech to the First Plenary Session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Congress
• On The Correct Handling of Contradictions Among the People
• Talks at the Beidaihe Conference
• American Imperialism is Closely Surrounded by the Peoples of the World
• Cultural Revolution Readings
Part III: Documenting Mao
• Interview with Edgar Snow from Red Star over China
China Shakes the World —Jack Belden
Mao Tse-tung —Stuart Schram
• "Mao Zedong's 'Sinification of Marxism' "—Nick Knight
Private Life of Chairman Mao —Li Zhisui
• Red Guard Experiences in the Cultural Revolution
Some Questions on Party History
• "Mao Matters"—Jeffrey Wasserstrom
• Readings from Shades of Mao —Geremie Barme
• Mao Zedong and China's Revolution—Timothy Cheek

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