China under Mao : a revolution derailed
- Andrew G. Walder.
- English. In English.
- text file; PDF.
- Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2015.
- Physical description
- 1 online resource (xiv, 413 pages) : illustrations
- Walder, Andrew G. (Andrew George), 1953- author.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- From movement to regime
- Rural revolution
- Urban revolution
- The socialist economy
- The evolving party system
- Thaw and backlash
- Great leap
- Toward the Cultural Revolution
- Fractured rebellion
- Collapse and division
- Military rule
- Discord and dissent
- The Mao era in retrospect.
China's Communist Party seized power in 1949 after a long period of guerrilla insurgency followed by full-scale war, but the Chinese revolution was just beginning. China Under Mao narrates the rise and fall of the Maoist revolutionary state from 1949 to 1976--an epoch of startling accomplishments and disastrous failures, steered by many forces but dominated above all by Mao Zedong. Mao's China, Andrew Walder argues, was defined by two distinctive institutions established during the first decade of Communist Party rule: a Party apparatus that exercised firm (sometimes harsh) discipline over its members and cadres; and a socialist economy modeled after the Soviet Union. Although a large national bureaucracy had oversight of this authoritarian system, Mao intervened strongly at every turn. The doctrines and political organization that produced Mao's greatest achievements--victory in the civil war, the creation of China's first unified modern state, a historic transformation of urban and rural life--also generated his worst failures: the industrial depression and rural famine of the Great Leap Forward and the violent destruction and stagnation of the Cultural Revolution. Misdiagnosing China's problems as capitalist restoration and prescribing continuing class struggle against imaginary enemies as the solution, Mao ruined much of what he had built and created no viable alternative. At the time of his death, he left China backward and deeply divided.
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- Mao, Zedong, 1893-1976 > Political and social views.
- Mao, Zedong, 1893-1976 > Influence.
- Zhongguo gong chan dang > History > 20th century.
- Mao, Zedong, 1893-1976.
- Zhongguo gong chan dang.
- Cultural Revolution (China : 1966-1976)
- China > Politics and government > 1949-1976.
- China > History > Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976.
- China > Economic policy > 1949-1976.
- Communism > China > History > 20th century.
- Social problems > China > History > 20th century.
- HISTORY > Asia > China.
- Economic policy.
- Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
- Political and social views.
- Politics and government.
- Social problems.
- Publication date
- 9780674286689 (electronic bk.)
- 0674286685 (electronic bk.)