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In recent years historians and political observers have vilified Mao Tse-tung and placed him in a class with tyrants like Hitler and Stalin. But, as Lee Feigon points out in his startling revision of Mao, the Chinese leader has been tainted by the actions and policies of the same Soviet-style Communist bureaucrats he came to hate and attempted to eliminate. Mr. Feigon argues that the movements for which Mao is almost universally condemned today the Great Leap Forward and especially the Cultural Revolution were in many ways beneficial for the Chinese people. They forced China to break with its Stalinist past and paved the way for its great economic and political strides in recent years. While not glossing over Mao s mistakes, some of which had heinous consequences, Mr. Feigon contends that Mao should be largely praised for many of his later efforts such as the attacks he began to level in the late 1950s on those bureaucrats responsible for many of the problems that continue to plague China today. In reevaluating Mao s contributions, this interpretive study reverses the recent curve of criticism, seeing Mao s late-in-life contributions to the Chinese revolution more favorably while taking a more critical view of his earlier efforts. Whereas most studies praise the Mao of the 1930s and 1940s as an original and independent thinker, Mr. Feigon contends that during this period his ideas and actions were fairly ordinary but that he depended much more on Stalin s help than has been acknowledged. Mao: A Reinterpretation seeks a more informed perspective on one of the most important political leaders of the twentieth century.

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In recent years historians and political observers have vilified Mao Zedong, placing him in a class with tyrants like Hitler and Stalin. But in this startling revisionist biography, an accomplished historian of China argues that Mao's policies were in many ways beneficial for the Chinese people. Without blinking at Mao's terrible mistakes, Lee Feigon points out that the Chinese leader has been tainted by the actions of the same Soviet-style Communist bureaucrats whom he came to hate and tried to eliminate. The Great Leap Forward and especially the Cultural Revolution--for which Mao is almost universally condemned today--actually forced China to break with its Stalinist past and paved the way for its great economic and political strides in the late twentieth century. "Mao: A Reinterpretationseeks a more informed perspective on one of the most important political leaders of our time.

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In a re-evaluation of Mao Zedong's leadership, Feigon seeks a more informed perspective on one of the most important political leaders of our time.

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Mr. Feigon argues that the movements for which Mao is almost universally condemned today--the Great Leap Forward and especially the Cultural Revolution--were in many ways beneficial for the Chinese people. While not glossing over Mao's mistakes, he contends that the Chinese leader should be largely praised for many of his later efforts. In reevaluating Mao's contributions, this interpretive study reverses the curve of criticism. Feigon performs a service by reclaiming the historical context of Mao's crazed era. He has written a concise work that forces the reader to recall the circumstances that abetted Mao's reign. --Far Eastern Economic Review

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In a startling reevaluation of Mao Zedong's leadership, Feigon seeks a more informed perspective on one of the most important political leaders of our time.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781566635226
Author:
Feigon, Lee
Publisher:
Ivan R. Dee Publisher
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Heads of state
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
China History 1949-1976.
Subject:
China Politics and government 1949-1976.
Subject:
Biography-Presidents and Heads of State
Publication Date:
20030731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.18x5.28x.70 in. .60 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In recent years historians and political observers have vilified Mao Zedong, placing him in a class with tyrants like Hitler and Stalin. But in this startling revisionist biography, an accomplished historian of China argues that Mao's policies were in many ways beneficial for the Chinese people. Without blinking at Mao's terrible mistakes, Lee Feigon points out that the Chinese leader has been tainted by the actions of the same Soviet-style Communist bureaucrats whom he came to hate and tried to eliminate. The Great Leap Forward and especially the Cultural Revolution--for which Mao is almost universally condemned today--actually forced China to break with its Stalinist past and paved the way for its great economic and political strides in the late twentieth century. "Mao: A Reinterpretationseeks a more informed perspective on one of the most important political leaders of our time.
"Synopsis" by , In a re-evaluation of Mao Zedong's leadership, Feigon seeks a more informed perspective on one of the most important political leaders of our time.
"Synopsis" by , Mr. Feigon argues that the movements for which Mao is almost universally condemned today--the Great Leap Forward and especially the Cultural Revolution--were in many ways beneficial for the Chinese people. While not glossing over Mao's mistakes, he contends that the Chinese leader should be largely praised for many of his later efforts. In reevaluating Mao's contributions, this interpretive study reverses the curve of criticism. Feigon performs a service by reclaiming the historical context of Mao's crazed era. He has written a concise work that forces the reader to recall the circumstances that abetted Mao's reign. --Far Eastern Economic Review
"Synopsis" by , In a startling reevaluation of Mao Zedong's leadership, Feigon seeks a more informed perspective on one of the most important political leaders of our time.
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