Mao's China and After: A History of the People's Republic by Maurice Meisner

By Maurice Meisner

Whilst MAO'S CHINA first seemed in 1977, it used to be hailed because the unmarried most respected normal quantity on contemporary chinese language heritage, protecting each very important query of the time with readability and extraordinary perception. Now, Meisner brings the 3rd version of his definitive paintings, with new info supplied in the course of the vintage examine. together with an entire new part partly Six, 'Deng Xiaoping and the Origins of chinese language Capitalism: 1976-1998', Meisner assesses the country's uneasy dating with democracy, socialism and capitalism. maintaining the splendor, lucidity and comprehensiveness he's recognized for, Meisner strikes some distance past his earlier paintings to color a never-before-seen portrait of the political and social realities of China close to the hot Millennium, and the worldwide implications of its upward thrust to fiscal and political power.

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To the Communists, Moscow offered moral encouragement and political advice. In retrospect, one is struck by how narrow a definition Comintern ideologists gave the Marxist concept of a "bourgeois-democratic" revolutionat least insofar as China was concerned. A bourgeois revolution is a political transformation that sweeps away obsolete institutions left over from the old £eudal (or "precapitalist") order and replaces them with new political institutions favorable to the interests of the bourgeoisie and to the growth of capitalist production and property relationships.

With the interests of the propertied classes threatened, the Guomindang emerged more and more as the party of property and order. As the Nationalist Army moved northward during the latter half of 1926, the workers' and peasant organizations grew to massive proportions, ever more radical in aims and methods, and increasingly revolutionary in character, especially in the countryside. w. The sense of astonishment (and the feeling of ex[~ li)~J}f'! '~ ~ ;;~·~ movement in Hunan, a document written during the early months of 1927.

And more than any other individual, it was Mao Zedong who radiated and inspired this faith in the future. It was a faith not only in those deemed capable of molding the future in accordance with Communist hopes but also in the values regarded as essential to the eventual realization of those hopes. The familiar Maoist virtues of unending struggle, heroic sacrifice, self-denial, diligence, courage, and unselfishness were values espoused not by Mao alone but carried and conveyed by all of the veterans of the Long March, for these were the values they had come to regard as essential to their own survival and to the survival of the revolution to which they had devoted their lives.

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