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Revolutionary and ruler, Marxist and nationalist, liberator and despot, Mao Zedong takes a place among the iconic leaders of the twentieth century. In this book, Maurice Meisner offers a balanced portrait of the man who defined modern China. From his role as leader of a communist revolution in a war-torn and largely rural country to the disasters of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, the relationship between Mao's ideas and his political action is highly disputed. With unparalleled authority, Meisner shows how Mao's unique sinification of Marxism provides the key to looking at this extraordinary political career. The first part of the book is devoted to Mao's revolutionary leadership before 1949, in particular the influence of the liberal and anarchist ideas of the May Fourth era, his discovery of Marxism, Leninism and his conviction that peasants held the potential for revolution. In the second part, Meisner analyses Mao's early successes as a nationalist unifier and modernizer, the failure of his socialism and his eventual transformation into a tyrant.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780745631073
ISBN-10: 074563107X
Format: Paperback
(225mm x 163mm x 14mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 22-Feb-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Maurice Meisner

Maurice Meisner is Harvey Goldberg Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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