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Access to History the People's Republic of China 1949-76


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The second edition of this best-selling title has been revised and updated to reflect the needs of the current specifications. The title charts China's remarkable and tumultuous development from the establishment of the People's Republic in 1949 to Mao's death in 1976. The book examines the widespread social and economic change that resulted from the Communist revolution, including the changes to agriculture, the five-year plans and the hundred-flowers campaign. It then goes on to look at the reasons for the Cultural Revolution and its legacy. In addition the author analyzes Mao's status as a political leader and his importance in the domestic developments of China from 1949 to 76. Throughout the book, key dates, terms and issues are highlighted, and historical interpretations of key debates are outlined. Summary diagrams are included to consolidate knowledge and understanding of the period, and exam-style questions and tips for each examination board provide the opportunity to develop exam skills.

About the Author

Michael Lynch is Modern History Lecturer at Leicester University

Table of Contents

1. Introduction - China under Mao, 1949-76


The Shape of Chinese history after 1949

China and the historians

Study Guide

2. The Early Years of the PRC, 1949-56

The consolidation of Communist power, 1949-56

Tibet and Taiwan

Revolution in agriculture

Industry - the First Five-year Plan

The 'Anti' campaigns

Study Guide

3. Errors and disasters, 1957-66

The Hundred Flowers Campaign, 1957

The Great Leap Forward, 1958-62

The Great Famine, 1959-62

The Power Struggle, 1962-66

Study Guide

4. The Cultural Revolution, 1966-76

Mao's Motives

Preparing the ground

The Red Guard Terror

The Fall of Lin Biao

Reining in the Revolution

Study Guide

5. Life in Mao's China, 1949-76

Mao's impact on China


The Status of Women


The remoulding of Chinese Culture

Study Guide

6. Mao's China and the Wider World

Mao and Stalin

The Korean War, 1950-53

Mao and Khrushchev

The Bamboo Curtain

Mao and the USA

Mao and the Cold war

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Product Details

Lynch, Michael
Hodder Education Publishers
null, Michael
Asia - China
Political Ideologies - Communism & Socialism
Sociology - General
China History 1949-1976.
History, World | Asian
World History - China
Hodder Arnold Publication
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Professional and scholarly
black and white photos and diagrams
9.40x6.60x.40 in. .80 lbs.

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