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Forging Leninism in China
Mao and the Remaking of the Chinese Communist Party, 1927–1934

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  • Publication planned for: April 2022
  • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2022
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781316513569

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  • Forging Leninism in China is a re-examination of the events of the Chinese revolution and the transformation of the Chinese Communist Party from the years 1927 to 1934. Describing the transformation of the party as 'the forging of Leninism', Joseph Fewsmith offers a clear analysis of the development of the party. Drawing on supporting statements of party leaders and a wealth of historical material, he demonstrates how the Chinese Communist Party reshaped itself to become far more violent, more hierarchical, and more militarized during this time. He highlights the role of local educated youth in organizing the Chinese revolution, arguing that it was these local organizations, rather than Mao, who introduced Marxism into the countryside. Fewsmith presents a vivid story of local social history and conflict between Mao's revolutionaries and local Communists.

    • Essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the Chinese revolution
    • Draws on recently available historical materials to revise our understanding of the Chinese revolution
    • Will appeal to a wide range of scholars of modern Chinese history and Chinese politics
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    ‘Forging Leninism reveals the critical development that shapes the Party that rules China today – the replacement of intellectual cliques and local networks with a fearsome military-political organization. In this theoretically informed and historically grounded narrative, Fewsmith shows how this happened and, amazingly, that it did not have to happen.' Timothy Cheek, The University of British Columbia

    ‘That Mao Zedong's revolution is a modern peasant uprising that aims for self-emancipation from the brutal tyranny and exploitation of landlord class is a historical myth that dies hard. Fewsmith debunks it with a convincing account that argues for the importance of foreign ideology and Leninist leadership with which Mao mobilized peasants and imposed disciplines from outside the villages. Informing, interesting and enlightening, this book makes a rewarding read.' Yung-fa Chen, Academic Sinica, Taiwan

    ‘Joseph Fewsmith has written a powerful, revisionist work on the origins of the communist revolution in China. Using new sources, he demonstrates that there was no inevitable path to national revolution; instead, local identity, violent encounters, and ideological dissent were volatile elements in a story that could have ended in the party's destruction rather than its rebirth. This will be key reading for all scholars of CCP history.' Rana Mitter, University of Oxford

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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: April 2022
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781316513569
    • length: 200 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2022
  • Table of Contents

    1. Disaster and Local Rebellion
    2. The Donggu Revolutionary Base Area
    3. A Different Approach to Revolution
    4. Mao Versus Local Elites
    5. The Logic of Sufan

  • Author

    Joseph Fewsmith, Boston University
    Joseph Fewsmith is Professor of International Relations and Political Science at Boston University. He is the author of Rethinking Chinese Politics (2021), The Logic and Limits of Political Reform in China (2013), and China since Tiananmen (2001).

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