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Mao

1999 saw the 50th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

This introduction to the life and career of Mao Zedong looks back over 50 years to show how Mao established a communist party state across mainland China in 1949 in the face of apparently insurmountable odds, and what he did as its leader in the years that followed.

Shaun Breslin's lucid introduction analyses Mao from a number of angles:

as revoultionary general

as founder and leader of the world's largest nation for almost 30 years

as ideologist

as astute and often brutal political manipulator

and ultimately, as victim of his own obsession with power.

Shaun Breslin shows how Mao was driven by a determination to ensure that his revolutionary radicalism would outlive him, and how, ironically, his actions were so extreme that they undermined it - Maoism and Mao's China died with him in 1976.

Undoubtedly the best introduction to modern Chinese history and its enigmatic protagonist.

Shaun Breslin is Reader in Politics at the University of Warwick, and

convenor of the China Research programme at Chatham House. He is author of China in the 1980s: Centre-Province Relations in a Reforming Socialist State and Comparative Government and Politics: An Introduction.

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Breslin (politics, U. of Warwick, UK) introduces the life and career of Mao Zedong, looking back over 50 years to show how Mao established a communist party state across mainland China in 1949 in the face of great odds, and examining what he did as its leaders in the days that followed. Discussion includes Mao as a revolutionary general, as founder and leader of the world's largest nation, as ideologist, and as victim of his own obsession with power. The book includes a chronology, glossary, and bibliographical essay. First published in 1998 by Pearson Education Limited.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Mao

1999 saw the 50th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

This introduction to the life and career of Mao Zedong looks back over 50 years to show how Mao established a communist party state across mainland China in 1949 in the face of apparently insurmountable odds, and what he did as its leader in the years that followed.

Shaun Breslin's lucid introduction analyses Mao from a number of angles:

as revoultionary general

as founder and leader of the world's largest nation for almost 30 years

as ideologist

as astute and often brutal political manipulator

and ultimately, as victim of his own obsession with power.

Shaun Breslin shows how Mao was driven by a determination to ensure that his revolutionary radicalism would outlive him, and how, ironically, his actions were so extreme that they undermined it - Maoism and Mao's China died with him in 1976.

Undoubtedly the best introduction to modern Chinese history and its enigmatic protagonist.

Shaun Breslin is Reader in Politics at the University of Warwick, and

convenor of the China Research programme at Chatham House. He is author of China in the 1980s: Centre-Province Relations in a Reforming Socialist State and Comparative Government and Politics: An Introduction.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 206-214) and index.

Table of Contents

List of Maps.

Preface.

Note on Transliteration.

Introduction.

1. From Peasant to Power.

2. Establishing the New Political Order: Maoism and its Critics.

3. The First Major Cleavage: 1949-1957.

4. Towards the Cultural Revolution.

5. Launching the Cultural Revolution.

6. Mao and the World.

7. The Politics of De-Maoisation.

Chronology.

Glossary.

Bibliographical Essay.

Bibliography of All Works Cited in the Text.

Maps.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780582437487
Author:
Breslin, Shaun G.
Publisher:
Longman Publishing Group
Author:
Breslin, S. G.
Location:
Harlow, England
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
China
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
General History
Subject:
China Politics and government 1949-
Subject:
Mao, Zedong
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Profiles in Power Series Profiles in Power Series
Publication Date:
September 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.27x5.16x.51 in. .68 lbs.

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1999 saw the 50th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

This introduction to the life and career of Mao Zedong looks back over 50 years to show how Mao established a communist party state across mainland China in 1949 in the face of apparently insurmountable odds, and what he did as its leader in the years that followed.

Shaun Breslin's lucid introduction analyses Mao from a number of angles:

as revoultionary general

as founder and leader of the world's largest nation for almost 30 years

as ideologist

as astute and often brutal political manipulator

and ultimately, as victim of his own obsession with power.

Shaun Breslin shows how Mao was driven by a determination to ensure that his revolutionary radicalism would outlive him, and how, ironically, his actions were so extreme that they undermined it - Maoism and Mao's China died with him in 1976.

Undoubtedly the best introduction to modern Chinese history and its enigmatic protagonist.

Shaun Breslin is Reader in Politics at the University of Warwick, and

convenor of the China Research programme at Chatham House. He is author of China in the 1980s: Centre-Province Relations in a Reforming Socialist State and Comparative Government and Politics: An Introduction.

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