Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong

by Christine Hatt
     
 
No one can deny that Mao Zedong brought radical changes to the ancient nation of China. Trace the major events of Mao's life from his peasant birth, through his early political activism, through his emergence as the visionary force and leader of the Chinese Communist Party. Then look carefully at some of the issues Mao faced as he transformed his country into what has

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No one can deny that Mao Zedong brought radical changes to the ancient nation of China. Trace the major events of Mao's life from his peasant birth, through his early political activism, through his emergence as the visionary force and leader of the Chinese Communist Party. Then look carefully at some of the issues Mao faced as he transformed his country into what has become the most powerful communist nation in history and examine the evidence for his success or failure in how he approached these issues. Judge for yourself which side is more correct.

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Children's Literature
Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-tung) was the most important Chinese figure of the twentieth century. This bold statement begins this book, and indeed, Mao's name is synonymous with Communist China—both its admirable ideals and its harsh realities. The book examines the subject of Mao in two ways: the first two-thirds of the book is a biography of Mao, heavily anchored in early-century Chinese politics. Sidebars on Imperial China and Chinese philosophies help illuminate the country which Mao came to lead. There are brief mentions of his personal life, but there are also some missed opportunities to relate Mao the leader to Mao the person. Most readers will be far more versed in Western history than they are in Eastern, and for that reason the book requires a careful reading for children to become familiar with players they have never heard of and events that paralleled but did not intersect—at least in history books—with twentieth century Western history. The final third of the book is a series of "Judge for Yourself" outlines. Several of Mao's legacies—agricultural reform, industrial reform, widespread education, women's rights and foreign policy—are summarized in turn as successes and failures; readers are invited to study both sides and make a decision. This feature should be useful to teachers staging debates, or at least wanting to incite some lively discussion. A volume on Catherine the Great is also included in the "Judge for Yourself" series. 2004, World Almanac Library, Ages 10 to 13.
— Diane Frook
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Two functional biographies. In the first 41 pages, Hatt covers the basics and provides a picture of Mao's historical and political significance. The last 20 pages of the book, organized into a section called "Judge for Yourself," include spreads of statistics and excerpts from various documents to show the successes and failures of Mao's programs. Agricultural and industrial reform, education, transformation of women's lives, and foreign policy are among the topics covered. Slavicek blends personal, philosophical, and historical information to trace Mao's journey to power. Clear accounts of the communist movement, the Long March, and the eventual battle with the Nationalists and Japanese are included. Succinct discussions explain how Mao governed, his five-year plans, the Korean War, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution. Both titles have ample black-and-white and full-color photos, reproductions, and maps that enhance the presentations. If you already own Jonathan Spence's fine Mao Zedong (Viking, 1999), these two volumes are additional purchases.-Joanne K. Cecere, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Central Valley, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780836855364
Publisher:
Gareth Stevens Publishing
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Series:
Judge for Yourself Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

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