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Mao Zedong
A Biography

Volume 1. 1893–1949

$178.00 (R)

Part of The Cambridge China Library

  • Editors:
  • Pang Xianzhi, Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Party Literature Research Office
  • Jin Chongji
  • Date Published: April 2020
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107092723


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  • Mao Zedong remains one of the most controversial figures in modern world history. This 'living legacy' is the subject of intense, ongoing debate both within China and throughout the rest of the world. Here, volume 1 of the only biography of Mao written with full access to the Chinese Communist Party Archives to date is presented in English translation. This volume, the first of three undertaken by the historians of the Party Literature Research Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, covers Mao's career in the pre-revolutionary period, 1893–1949. As an extended official account of Mao, and Mao's thought, this work offers a unique source through which to view the Chinese Communist Party's portrayal of the transformative events of the twentieth century and Mao's pivotal role therein.

    • Introduces the official Chinese interpretation of the Mao period
    • Based on archives to which no Western scholars have yet had access
    • An introductory essay provides context and highlights differences in interpretation
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107092723
    • length: 1018 pages
    • dimensions: 266 x 160 x 49 mm
    • weight: 1.74kg
    • contains: 21 b/w illus. 3 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Tim Cheek
    1. Leaving home
    2. The college student
    3. Baptized by the great tide of the May Fourth Movement
    4. Man of action in the early years of party building
    5. Work inside the Guomindang
    6. March towards the Peasant Movement
    7. The thunder of an uprising
    8. Ascent to Jinggang mountains
    9. Opening base areas in South Jiangxi and West Fujian
    10. Opposing bookism
    11. The Red Army attacks not Nanchang but Ji'an
    12. Smashing three 'encirclement and suppression' campaigns
    13. Chairman of the Chinese Soviet Government (I)
    14. Chairman of the Chinese Soviet Government (II)
    15. The long march
    16. Laying a foundation in the Northwest
    17. Before and after the Xi'an incident
    18. Summing up historical experience
    19. Outbreak of the nationwide War of Resistance against Japanese aggression
    20. Guiding armed resistance behind enemy lines and 'on protracted war'
    21. From the September meeting to the Sixth Plenary Session
    22. The struggle against friction
    23. The theory of new democracy
    24. Before and after the Southern Anhui incident
    25. Building up the border region and surmounting difficulties
    26. The rectification Movement (I)
    27. The rectification Movement (II)
    28. Proposal for a coalition government
    29. Struggling for final victory in the War of Resistance
    30. Chongqing Negotiations
    31. Peace or war?
    32. After the outbreak of a Nationwide Civil War
    33. Greeting the new high tide of the Chinese Revolution
    34. Going over to the strategic offensive
    35. Eastwards to Xibaipo
    36. Eve of the decisive battle
    37. In the days of the Great Decisive Battle (I)
    38. In the days of the Great Decisive Battle (II)
    39. Carrying the revolution through to the end
    40. Preparing the founding of new China.

  • Editors

    Pang Xianzhi, Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Party Literature Research Office

    Jin Chongji

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