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Mao Zedong and China in the Twentieth-Century World

A Concise History: Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society
Narrated by: Bobby Brill
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
Categories: History, 20th Century
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Throughout this lively and concise historical account of Mao Zedong's life and thought, Rebecca E. Karl places the revolutionary leader's personal experiences, social visions and theory, military strategies, and developmental and foreign policies in a dynamic narrative of the Chinese revolution. She situates Mao and the revolution in a global setting informed by imperialism, decolonization, and third worldism, and discusses worldwide trends in politics, the economy, military power, and territorial sovereignty. Karl begins with Mao's early life in a small village in Hunan province, documenting his relationships with his parents, passion for education, and political awakening during the fall of the Qing dynasty in late 1911.

She traces his transition from liberal to Communist over the course of the next decade, his early critiques of the subjugation of women, and the gathering force of the May 4th movement for reform and radical change. Describing Mao's rise to power, she delves into the dynamics of Communist organizing in an overwhelmingly agrarian society, and Mao's confrontations with Chiang Kai-shek and other nationalist conservatives. She also considers his marriages and romantic liaisons and their relation to Mao as the revolutionary founder of Communism in China.

The book is published by Duke University Press.

©2010 Duke University Press (P)2015 Redwood Audiobooks

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  • 11-07-19

China & Mao

Excellent history. well written & narrated. enjoyable. a great read. fantastic. great fantastic great fantastic