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MAO ZEDONG or MAO TSE-TUNG (/ˈmaʊ dzəˈdʊŋ, zə-, -dɒŋ/ ( listen ); December 26, 1893 – September 9, 1976), also known as CHAIRMAN MAO, was a Chinese communist revolutionary, poet, political theorist and founding father of the People\'s Republic of China
China
, which he governed as the Chairman of the Communist Party of China from its establishment in 1949, until his death in 1976. His Marxist–Leninist theories, military strategies, and political policies are collectively known as Maoism or Marxism-Leninism- Maoism .

Born the son of a wealthy farmer in Shaoshan , Hunan
Hunan
, Mao
Mao
adopted a Chinese nationalist and anti-imperialist outlook in early life, particularly influenced by the events of the Xinhai Revolution of 1911 and May Fourth Movement of 1919. Mao
Mao
adopted Marxism–Leninism while working at Peking University and became a founding member of the Communist Party of China (CPC), leading the Autumn Harvest Uprising
Autumn Harvest Uprising
in 1927. During the Chinese Civil War between the Kuomintang (KMT) and the CPC, Mao
Mao
helped to found the Chinese Workers\' and Peasants\' Red Army , led the Jiangxi Soviet 's radical land policies and ultimately became head of the CPC during the Long March . Although the CPC temporarily allied with the KMT under the United Front during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–45), after Japan\'s defeat , China's civil war resumed and in 1949 Mao's forces defeated the Nationalists who withdrew to Taiwan
Taiwan
.

On October 1, 1949, Mao
Mao
proclaimed the foundation of the People\'s Republic of China
China
(PRC), a one-party state controlled by the CPC. In the following years Mao
Mao
solidified his control through a campaign of classicide against landlords, and a mass purge of perceived enemies of the state he termed "counterrevolutionaries" alleged to have caused between 2,000,000 to 6,000,000 deaths. ( Mao
Mao
himself admitting 800,000 deaths in the classicide and 712,000 in the suppression of counterrevolutionaries). In 1957, he launched the Great Leap Forward campaign that aimed to rapidly transform China's economy from an agrarian economy to an industrial one. The campaign contributed to a widespread famine , whose death toll is estimated at between 15,000,000 and 55,000,000. In 1966, he initiated the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution , a program to remove "counterrevolutionary" elements of Chinese society that lasted 10 years and which was marked by violent class struggle that killed 400,000 to 10,000,000 people and caused widespread destruction of cultural artifacts and unprecedented elevation of Mao's personality cult . In 1972, Mao
Mao
welcomed American President Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon
in Beijing, signalling a policy of opening China
China
, which was furthered under the rule of Deng Xiaoping
Deng Xiaoping
(1978–1992). Mao
Mao
suffered a series of heart attacks in 1976, and died at the age of 82 on September 9. He was succeeded as Paramount leader by Hua Guofeng (1976–1978), who was quickly sidelined and replaced by Deng.

A controversial figure, Mao
Mao
is regarded as one of the most important individuals in modern world history, and is also known as a theorist, military strategist, poet and visionary. Supporters credit him with driving imperialism out of China, modernising China
China
and building it into a world power , promoting the status of women, improving education and health care, and increasing life expectancy as China's population grew from around 550 million to over 900 million under his leadership. In contrast, critics consider him a dictator comparable to Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
and Joseph Stalin , who damaged traditional Chinese culture, as well as a perpetrator of human rights abuses , and they estimate that Mao
Mao
was responsible for 40 to 70 million deaths through starvation, prison labour and executions, which would rank his tenure as the top incidence of excess mortality in human history.

CONTENTS

* 1 Early life

* 1.1 Youth and the Xinhai Revolution: 1893–1911 * 1.2 Fourth Normal School of Changsha: 1912–19

* 2 Early revolutionary activity

* 2.1 Beijing, Anarchism, and Marxism: 1917–19 * 2.2 New Culture and political protests, 1919–20 * 2.3 Founding the Communist Party of China: 1921–22 * 2.4 Collaboration with the Kuomintang: 1922–27

* 3 Civil War
War

* 3.1 The Nanchang
Nanchang
and Autumn Harvest Uprisings: 1927 * 3.2 Base in Jinggangshan: 1927–1928 * 3.3 Jiangxi Soviet Republic of China: 1929–1934 * 3.4 The Long March: 1934–1935 * 3.5 Alliance with the Kuomintang: 1935–1940 * 3.6 Resuming civil war: 1940–1949

* 4 Leadership of China
China

* 4.1 Great Leap Forward
Great Leap Forward
* 4.2 Consequences * 4.3 Split from Soviet Union
Soviet Union

* 4.4 Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution

* 4.4.1 "Mango fever" * 4.4.2 End of the Cultural Revolution

* 5 State visits * 6 Death and aftermath

* 7 Legacy

* 7.1 Public image

* 8 Genealogy

* 8.1 Ancestors * 8.2 Wives * 8.3 Siblings * 8.4 Children

* 9 Personal life

* 10 Writings and calligraphy

* 10.1 Literary works

* 11 Portrayal in film and television * 12 Mao
Mao
and Tibet
Tibet
* 13 See also

* 14 References

* 14.1 Citations

* 15 Further reading

* 16 External links

* 16.1 General * 16.2 Commentary

EARLY LIFE

Main article: Early life of Mao Zedong

YOUTH AND THE XINHAI REVOLUTION: 1893–1911

Mao
Mao
Zedong was born on December 26, 1893 in Shaoshan village, Hunan Province , China. His father, Mao Yichang
Mao Yichang
, was a formerly impoverished peasant who had become one of the wealthiest farmers in Shaoshan. Growing up in rural Hunan, Mao
Mao
Zedong described his father as a stern disciplinarian, who would beat him and his three siblings, the boys Zemin and Zetan , and an adopted girl, Zejian . Mao's mother, Wen Qimei , was a devout Buddhist who tried to temper her husband's strict attitude. Zedong too became a Buddhist, but abandoned this faith in his mid-teenage years. At age 8, Mao
Mao
was sent to Shaoshan Primary School. Learning the value systems of Confucianism , he later admitted that he didn't enjoy the classical Chinese texts preaching Confucian morals, instead favouring popular novels like _ Romance of the Three Kingdoms _ and _ Water Margin _. At age 13, Mao finished primary education, and his father united him in an arranged marriage to the 17-year-old Luo Yigu
Luo Yigu
, thereby uniting their land-owning families. Mao
Mao
refused to recognise her as his wife, becoming a fierce critic of arranged marriage and temporarily moving away. Luo was locally disgraced and died in 1910. Mao\'s childhood home in Shaoshan, in 2010, by which time it had become a tourist destination.

While working on his father's farm, Mao
Mao
read voraciously, and developed a "political consciousness" from Zheng Guanying 's booklet which lamented the deterioration of Chinese power and argued for the adoption of representative democracy . Interested in history, Mao
Mao
was inspired by the military prowess and nationalistic fervour of George Washington and Napoleon Bonaparte . His political views were shaped by Gelaohui -led protests which erupted following a famine in Hunanese capital Changsha ; Mao
Mao
supported the protesters' demands, but the armed forces suppressed the dissenters and executed their leaders. The famine spread to Shaoshan, where starving peasants seized his father's grain. He disapproved of their actions as morally wrong, but claimed sympathy for their situation. At age 16, Mao
Mao
moved to a higher primary school in nearby Dongshan, where he was bullied for his peasant background.

In 1911, Mao
Mao
began middle school in Changsha. Revolutionary sentiment was strong in the city, where there was widespread animosity towards Emperor Puyi 's absolute monarchy and many were advocating republicanism . The republicans' figurehead was Sun Yat-sen , an American-educated Christian who led the Tongmenghui society. In Changsha, Mao
Mao
was influenced by Sun's newspaper, _The People's Independence_ (_Minli bao_), and called for Sun to become president in a school essay. As a symbol of rebellion against the Manchu monarch, Mao
Mao
and a friend cut off their queue pigtails, a sign of subservience to the emperor.

Inspired by Sun's republicanism, the army rose up across southern China, sparking the Xinhai Revolution . Changsha's governor fled, leaving the city in republican control. Supporting the revolution, Mao
Mao
joined the rebel army as a private soldier , but was not involved in fighting. The northern provinces remained loyal to the emperor, and hoping to avoid a civil war, Sun—proclaimed "provisional president" by his supporters—compromised with the monarchist general Yuan Shikai . The monarchy would be abolished, creating the Republic of China
China
, but the monarchist Yuan would become president. The revolution over, Mao
Mao
resigned from the army in 1912, after six months as a soldier. Around this time, Mao
Mao
discovered socialism from a newspaper article; proceeding to read pamphlets by Jiang Kanghu , the student founder of the Chinese Socialist Party, Mao
Mao
remained interested yet unconvinced by the idea.

FOURTH NORMAL SCHOOL OF CHANGSHA: 1912–19

Over the next few years, Mao
Mao
enrolled and dropped out of a police academy, a soap-production school, a law school, an economics school, and the government-run Changsha Middle School. Studying independently, he spent much time in Changsha's library, reading core works of classical liberalism such as Adam Smith 's _The Wealth of Nations _ and Montesquieu
Montesquieu
's _ The Spirit of the Laws _, as well as the works of western scientists and philosophers such as Darwin , Mill , Rousseau
Rousseau
, and Spencer . Viewing himself as an intellectual, years later he admitted that at this time he thought himself better than working people. He was inspired by Friedrich Paulsen , whose liberal emphasis on individualism led Mao
Mao
to believe that strong individuals were not bound by moral codes but should strive for the greater good, and that the "end justifies the means" conclusion of Consequentialism . His father saw no use in his son's intellectual pursuits, cut off his allowance, and forced him to move into a hostel for the destitute. Mao
Mao
in 1913

Mao
Mao
desired to become a teacher and enrolled at the Fourth Normal School of Changsha, which soon merged with the First Normal School of Changsha, widely seen as the best in Hunan. Befriending Mao, professor Yang Changji urged him to read a radical newspaper, _New Youth _ (_Xin qingnian_), the creation of his friend Chen Duxiu , a dean at Peking University . Although a Chinese nationalist , Chen argued that China
China
must look to the west to cleanse itself of superstition and autocracy. Mao
Mao
published his first article in _New Youth_ in April 1917, instructing readers to increase their physical strength to serve the revolution. He joined the Society
Society
for the Study of Wang Fuzhi (_Chuan-shan Hsüeh-she_), a revolutionary group founded by Changsha literati who wished to emulate the philosopher Wang Fuzhi .

In his first school year, Mao
Mao
befriended an older student, Xiao Zisheng ; together they went on a walking tour of Hunan, begging and writing literary couplets to obtain food. A popular student, in 1915 Mao
Mao
was elected secretary of the Students Society. He organized the Association for Student Self-Government and led protests against school rules. In spring 1917, he was elected to command the students' volunteer army, set up to defend the school from marauding soldiers. Increasingly interested in the techniques of war, he took a keen interest in World War I
World War I
, and also began to develop a sense of solidarity with workers. Mao
Mao
undertook feats of physical endurance with Xiao Zisheng and Cai Hesen , and with other young revolutionaries they formed the Renovation of the People Study Society
Society
in April 1918 to debate Chen Duxiu's ideas. Desiring personal and societal transformation, the Society
Society
gained 70–80 members, many of whom would later join the Communist Party. Mao
Mao
graduated in June 1919, ranked third in the year.

EARLY REVOLUTIONARY ACTIVITY

Main article: Early revolutionary activity of Mao Zedong

BEIJING, ANARCHISM, AND MARXISM: 1917–19

Following the success of the October Revolution in the former Russian Empire, in which Marxists took power, Mao
Mao
came under the theoretical influence of Karl Marx
Karl Marx
.

Mao
Mao
moved to Beijing
Beijing
, where his mentor Yang Changji had taken a job at Peking University. Yang thought Mao
Mao
exceptionally "intelligent and handsome", securing him a job as assistant to the university librarian Li Dazhao , an early Chinese Communist. Li authored a series of _New Youth_ articles on the October Revolution in Russia, during which the Communist Bolshevik Party under the leadership of Vladimir Lenin had seized power. Lenin was an advocate of the socio-political theory of Marxism , first developed by the German sociologists Karl Marx
Karl Marx
and Friedrich Engels , and Li's articles brought an understanding of Marxism to the Chinese revolutionary movement. Becoming "more and more radical", Mao
Mao
was influenced by Peter Kropotkin 's anarchism but joined Li's Study Group and "developed rapidly toward Marxism" during the winter of 1919.

Paid a low wage, Mao
Mao
lived in a cramped room with seven other Hunanese students, but believed that Beijing's beauty offered "vivid and living compensation". At the university, Mao
Mao
was widely snubbed by other students due to his rural Hunanese accent and lowly position. He joined the university's Philosophy and Journalism Societies and attended lectures and seminars by the likes of Chen Duxiu , Hu Shi
Hu Shi
, and Qian Xuantong . Mao's time in Beijing
Beijing
ended in the spring of 1919, when he travelled to Shanghai
Shanghai
with friends who were preparing to leave for France. He did not return to Shaoshan, where his mother was terminally ill. She died in October 1919, with her husband dying in January 1920.

NEW CULTURE AND POLITICAL PROTESTS, 1919–20

On May 4, 1919, students in Beijing
Beijing
gathered at the Gate of Heavenly Peace
Peace
to protest the Chinese government's weak resistance to Japanese expansion in China. Patriots were outraged at the influence given to Japan in the Twenty-One Demands in 1915, the complicity of Duan Qirui ’s Beiyang Government , and the betrayal of China
China
in the Treaty of Versailles , wherein Japan was allowed to receive territories in Shandong which had been surrendered by Germany . These demonstrations ignited the nation-wide May Fourth Movement and fueled the New Culture Movement which blamed China’s diplomatic defeats on social and cultural backwardness.

In Changsha, Mao
Mao
had begun teaching history at the Xiuye Primary School and organizing protests against the pro-Duan Governor of Hunan Province, Zhang Jingyao , popularly known as "Zhang the Venomous" due to his corrupt and violent rule. In late May, Mao
Mao
co-founded the Hunanese Student Association with He Shuheng and Deng Zhongxia , organizing a student strike for June and in July 1919 began production of a weekly radical magazine, _ Xiang River Review_ (_Xiangjiang pinglun_). Using vernacular language that would be understandable to the majority of China's populace, he advocated the need for a "Great Union of the Popular Masses", strengthened trade unions able to wage non-violent revolution. His ideas were not Marxist, but heavily influenced by Kropotkin's concept of mutual aid . Students in Beijing
Beijing
rallied during the May Fourth Movement.

Zhang banned the Student Association, but Mao
Mao
continued publishing after assuming editorship of the liberal magazine _New Hunan_ (_Xin Hunan_) and offered articles in popular local newspaper _Justice_ (_Ta Kung Po_). Several of these advocated feminist views, calling for the liberation of women in Chinese society; Mao
Mao
was influenced by his forced arranged-marriage. In December 1919, Mao
Mao
helped organise a general strike in Hunan, securing some concessions, but Mao
Mao
and other student leaders felt threatened by Zhang, and Mao
Mao
returned to Beijing, visiting the terminally ill Yang Changji. Mao
Mao
found that his articles had achieved a level of fame among the revolutionary movement, and set about soliciting support in overthrowing Zhang. Coming across newly translated Marxist literature by Thomas Kirkup, Karl Kautsky , and Marx and Engels—notably _ The Communist Manifesto _—he came under their increasing influence, but was still eclectic in his views.

Mao
Mao
visited Tianjin, Jinan
Jinan
, and Qufu
Qufu
, before moving to Shanghai, where he worked as a laundryman and met Chen Duxiu , noting that Chen's adoption of Marxism "deeply impressed me at what was probably a critical period in my life". In Shanghai, Mao
Mao
met an old teacher of his, Yi Peiji , a revolutionary and member of the Kuomintang (KMT), or Chinese Nationalist Party, which was gaining increasing support and influence. Yi introduced Mao
Mao
to General Tan Yankai , a senior KMT member who held the loyalty of troops stationed along the Hunanese border with Guangdong. Tan was plotting to overthrow Zhang, and Mao aided him by organizing the Changsha students. In June 1920, Tan led his troops into Changsha, and Zhang fled. In the subsequent reorganization of the provincial administration, Mao
Mao
was appointed headmaster of the junior section of the First Normal School. Now receiving a large income, he married Yang Kaihui in the winter of 1920.

FOUNDING THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CHINA: 1921–22

Location of the first Congress of the Chinese Communist Party
Chinese Communist Party
in July 1921, in Xintiandi
Xintiandi
, former French Concession , Shanghai.

The Communist Party of China was founded by Chen Duxiu and Li Dazhao in the French concession of Shanghai
Shanghai
in 1921 as a study society and informal network. Mao
Mao
set up a Changsha branch, also establishing a branch of the Socialist Youth Corps. Opening a bookstore under the control of his new Cultural Book Society, its purpose was to propagate revolutionary literature throughout Hunan. He was involved in the movement for Hunan
Hunan
autonomy, in the hope that a Hunanese constitution would increase civil liberties and make his revolutionary activity easier. When the movement was successful in establishing provincial autonomy under a new warlord, Mao
Mao
forgot his involvement. By 1921, small Marxist groups existed in Shanghai, Beijing, Changsha, Wuhan, Guangzhou, and Jinan; it was decided to hold a central meeting, which began in Shanghai
Shanghai
on July 23, 1921. The first session of the National Congress of the Communist Party of China was attended by 13 delegates, Mao
Mao
included. After the authorities sent a police spy to the congress, the delegates moved to a boat on South Lake near Jiaxing , in Zhejiang, to escape detection. Although Soviet and Comintern delegates attended, the first congress ignored Lenin's advice to accept a temporary alliance between the Communists and the "bourgeois democrats" who also advocated national revolution; instead they stuck to the orthodox Marxist belief that only the urban proletariat could lead a socialist revolution.

Mao
Mao
was now party secretary for Hunan
Hunan
stationed in Changsha, and to build the party there he followed a variety of tactics. In August 1921, he founded the Self-Study University, through which readers could gain access to revolutionary literature, housed in the premises of the Society
Society
for the Study of Wang Fuzhi , a Qing dynasty
Qing dynasty
Hunanese philosopher who had resisted the Manchus. He joined the YMCA Mass Education Movement to fight illiteracy, though he edited the textbooks to included radical sentiments. He continued organizing workers to strike against the administration of Hunan
Hunan
Governor Zhao Hengti . Yet labor issues remained central. The successful and famous Anyuan coal mines strikes (contrary to later Party historians) depended on both "proletarian" and "bourgeois" strategies. Liu Shaoqi and Li Lisan and Mao
Mao
not only mobilised the miners, but formed schools and cooperatives and engaged local intellectuals, gentry, military officers, merchants, Red Gang dragon heads and even church clergy.

Mao
Mao
claimed that he missed the July 1922 Second Congress of the Communist Party in Shanghai
Shanghai
because he lost the address. Adopting Lenin's advice, the delegates agreed to an alliance with the "bourgeois democrats" of the KMT for the good of the "national revolution". Communist Party members joined the KMT, hoping to push its politics leftward. Mao
Mao
enthusiastically agreed with this decision, arguing for an alliance across China's socio-economic classes. Mao
Mao
was a vocal anti-imperialist and in his writings he lambasted the governments of Japan, UK and US, describing the latter as "the most murderous of hangmen".

COLLABORATION WITH THE KUOMINTANG: 1922–27

Mao
Mao
the revolutionary in 1927 Play media Mao
Mao
making speeches to the masses

At the Third Congress of the Communist Party in Shanghai
Shanghai
in June 1923, the delegates reaffirmed their commitment to working with the KMT. Supporting this position, Mao
Mao
was elected to the Party Committee, taking up residence in Shanghai. At the First KMT Congress, held in Guangzhou
Guangzhou
in early 1924, Mao
Mao
was elected an alternate member of the KMT Central Executive Committee, and put forward four resolutions to decentralise power to urban and rural bureaus. His enthusiastic support for the KMT earned him the suspicion of Li Li-san, his Hunan comrade.

In late 1924, Mao
Mao
returned to Shaoshan, perhaps to recuperate from an illness. He found that the peasantry were increasingly restless and some had seized land from wealthy landowners to found communes. This convinced him of the revolutionary potential of the peasantry, an idea advocated by the KMT leftists but not the Communists. He returned to Guangzhou
Guangzhou
to run the 6th term of the KMT's Peasant Movement Training Institute from May to September 1926. The Peasant Movement Training Institute under Mao
Mao
trained cadre and prepared them for militant activity, taking them through military training exercises and getting them to study basic left-wing texts. In the winter of 1925, Mao
Mao
fled to Guangzhou
Guangzhou
after his revolutionary activities attracted the attention of Zhao's regional authorities.

When party leader Sun Yat-sen died in May 1925, he was succeeded by Chiang Kai-shek , who moved to marginalise the left-KMT and the Communists. Mao
Mao
nevertheless supported Chiang's National Revolutionary Army , who embarked on the Northern Expedition attack in 1926 on warlords. In the wake of this expedition, peasants rose up, appropriating the land of the wealthy landowners, who were in many cases killed. Such uprisings angered senior KMT figures, who were themselves landowners, emphasizing the growing class and ideological divide within the revolutionary movement. " Revolution
Revolution
is not a dinner party, nor an essay, nor a painting, nor a piece of embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another." — Mao, February 1927.

In March 1927, Mao
Mao
appeared at the Third Plenum of the KMT Central Executive Committee in Wuhan, which sought to strip General Chiang of his power by appointing Wang Jingwei
Wang Jingwei
leader. There, Mao
Mao
played an active role in the discussions regarding the peasant issue, defending a set of "Regulations for the Repression of Local Bullies and Bad Gentry", which advocated the death penalty or life imprisonment for anyone found guilty of counter-revolutionary activity, arguing that in a revolutionary situation, "peaceful methods cannot suffice". In April 1927, Mao
Mao
was appointed to the KMT's five-member Central Land Committee, urging peasants to refuse to pay rent. Mao
Mao
led another group to put together a "Draft Resolution on the Land Question", which called for the confiscation of land belonging to "local bullies and bad gentry, corrupt officials, militarists and all counter-revolutionary elements in the villages". Proceeding to carry out a "Land Survey", he stated that anyone owning over 30 _mou_ (four and a half acres), constituting 13% of the population, were uniformly counter-revolutionary. He accepted that there was great variation in revolutionary enthusiasm across the country, and that a flexible policy of land redistribution was necessary. Presenting his conclusions at the Enlarged Land Committee meeting, many expressed reservations, some believing that it went too far, and others not far enough. Ultimately, his suggestions were only partially implemented.

CIVIL WAR

Main articles: Chinese Civil War and Chinese Communist Revolution

THE NANCHANG AND AUTUMN HARVEST UPRISINGS: 1927

Flag of the Chinese Workers\' and Peasants\' Red Army

Fresh from the success of the Northern Expedition against the warlords, Chiang turned on the Communists, who by now numbered in the tens of thousands across China. Chiang ignored the orders of the Wuhan-based left KMT government and marched on Shanghai, a city controlled by Communist militias. As the Communists awaited Chiang's arrival, he loosed the White Terror , massacring 5000 with the aid of the Green Gang . In Beijing, 19 leading Communists were killed by Zhang Zuolin . That May, tens of thousands of Communists and those suspected of being communists were killed, and the CPC lost approximately 15,000 of its 25,000 members. "'Eagles cleave the air, Fish glide in the limpid deep; Under freezing skies a million creatures contend in freedom. Brooding over this immensity, I ask, on this boundless land Who rules over man's destiny?" — Excerpt from Mao's poem "Changsha", September 1927.

The CPC continued supporting the Wuhan KMT government, a position Mao initially supported, but by the time of the CPC's Fifth Congress he had changed his mind, deciding to stake all hope on the peasant militia. The question was rendered moot when the Wuhan government expelled all Communists from the KMT on July 15. The CPC founded the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army of China, better known as the "Red Army ", to battle Chiang. A battalion led by General Zhu De was ordered to take the city of Nanchang
Nanchang
on August 1, 1927 in what became known as the Nanchang
Nanchang
Uprising . They were initially successful, but were forced into retreat after five days, marching south to Shantou , and from there they were driven into the wilderness of Fujian
Fujian
. Mao was appointed commander-in-chief of the Red Army and led four regiments against Changsha in the Autumn Harvest Uprising
Autumn Harvest Uprising
, in the hope of sparking peasant uprisings across Hunan. On the eve of the attack, Mao
Mao
composed a poem—the earliest of his to survive—titled "Changsha". His plan was to attack the KMT-held city from three directions on September 9, but the Fourth Regiment deserted to the KMT cause, attacking the Third Regiment. Mao's army made it to Changsha, but could not take it; by September 15, he accepted defeat and with 1000 survivors marched east to the Jinggang Mountains of Jiangxi
Jiangxi
.

Jung Chang and Jon Halliday claim that the uprising was in fact sabotaged by Mao
Mao
to allow him to prevent a group of KMT soldiers from defecting to any other CPC leader. Chang and Halliday also claim that Mao
Mao
talked the other leaders (including Russian diplomats at the Soviet consulate in Changsha who, Chang and Halliday claim, had been controlling much of the CPC activity) into striking only at Changsha, then abandoning it. Chang and Halliday report a view sent to Moscow by the secretary of the Soviet Consulate in Changsha that the retreat was "the most despicable treachery and cowardice."

BASE IN JINGGANGSHAN: 1927–1928

The CPC Central Committee, hiding in Shanghai, expelled Mao
Mao
from their ranks and from the Hunan
Hunan
Provincial Committee, as punishment for his "military opportunism", for his focus on rural activity, and for being too lenient with "bad gentry". They nevertheless adopted three policies he had long championed: the immediate formation of Workers\' councils , the confiscation of all land without exemption, and the rejection of the KMT. Mao's response was to ignore them. He established a base in Jinggangshan City , an area of the Jinggang Mountains, where he united five villages as a self-governing state, and supported the confiscation of land from rich landlords, who were "re-educated" and sometimes executed. He ensured that no massacres took place in the region, and pursued a more lenient approach than that advocated by the Central Committee. He proclaimed that "Even the lame, the deaf and the blind could all come in useful for the revolutionary struggle", he boosted the army's numbers, incorporating two groups of bandits into his army, building a force of around 1,800 troops. He laid down rules for his soldiers: prompt obedience to orders, all confiscations were to be turned over to the government, and nothing was to be confiscated from poorer peasants. In doing so, he molded his men into a disciplined, efficient fighting force. "When the enemy advances, we retreat. When the enemy rests, we harass him. When the enemy avoids a battle, we attack. When the enemy retreats, we advance." Mao's advice in combating the Kuomintang, 1928.

In spring 1928, the Central Committee ordered Mao's troops to southern Hunan, hoping to spark peasant uprisings. Mao
Mao
was skeptical, but complied. They reached Hunan, where they were attacked by the KMT and fled after heavy losses. Meanwhile, KMT troops had invaded Jinggangshan, leaving them without a base. Wandering the countryside, Mao's forces came across a CPC regiment led by General Zhu De and Lin Biao ; they united, and attempted to retake Jinggangshan. They were initially successful, but the KMT counter-attacked, and pushed the CPC back; over the next few weeks, they fought an entrenched guerrilla war in the mountains. The Central Committee again ordered Mao
Mao
to march to south Hunan, but he refused, and remained at his base. Contrastingly, Zhu complied, and led his armies away. Mao's troops fended the KMT off for 25 days while he left the camp at night to find reinforcements. He reunited with the decimated Zhu's army, and together they returned to Jinggangshan and retook the base. There they were joined by a defecting KMT regiment and Peng Dehuai
Peng Dehuai
's Fifth Red Army. In the mountainous area they were unable to grow enough crops to feed everyone, leading to food shortages throughout the winter.

JIANGXI SOVIET REPUBLIC OF CHINA: 1929–1934

Mao
Mao
with his third wife, He Zizhen , 1928

In January 1929, Mao
Mao
and Zhu evacuated the base with 2,000 men and a further 800 provided by Peng, and took their armies south, to the area around Tonggu and Xinfeng in Jiangxi
Jiangxi
. The evacuation led to a drop in morale, and many troops became disobedient and began thieving; this worried Li Lisan and the Central Committee, who saw Mao's army as _lumpenproletariat _, that were unable to share in proletariat class consciousness . In keeping with orthodox Marxist thought, Li believed that only the urban proletariat could lead a successful revolution, and saw little need for Mao's peasant guerrillas; he ordered Mao
Mao
to disband his army into units to be sent out to spread the revolutionary message. Mao
Mao
replied that while he concurred with Li's theoretical position, he would not disband his army nor abandon his base. Both Li and Mao
Mao
saw the Chinese revolution as the key to world revolution , believing that a CPC victory would spark the overthrow of global imperialism and capitalism. In this, they disagreed with the official line of the Soviet government and Comintern. Officials in Moscow desired greater control over the CPC and removed Li from power by calling him to Russia for an inquest into his errors. They replaced him with Soviet-educated Chinese Communists, known as the " 28 Bolsheviks ", two of whom, Bo Gu and Zhang Wentian , took control of the Central Committee. Mao
Mao
disagreed with the new leadership, believing they grasped little of the Chinese situation, and he soon emerged as their key rival.

In February 1930, Mao
Mao
created the Southwest Jiangxi
Jiangxi
Provincial Soviet Government in the region under his control. In November, he suffered emotional trauma after his wife and sister were captured and beheaded by KMT general He Jian. Mao
Mao
then married He Zizhen , an 18-year-old revolutionary who bore him five children over the following nine years. Facing internal problems, members of the Jiangxi
Jiangxi
Soviet accused him of being too moderate, and hence anti-revolutionary. In December, they tried to overthrow Mao, resulting in the Futian incident , during which Mao's loyalists tortured many and executed between 2000 and 3000 dissenters. The CPC Central Committee moved to Jiangxi
Jiangxi
which it saw as a secure area. In November it proclaimed Jiangxi
Jiangxi
to be the Soviet Republic of China
China
, an independent Communist-governed state. Although he was proclaimed Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars, Mao's power was diminished, as his control of the Red Army was allocated to Zhou Enlai
Zhou Enlai
. Meanwhile, Mao recovered from tuberculosis . Mao
Mao
in 1931

The KMT armies adopted a policy of encirclement and annihilation of the Red armies. Outnumbered, Mao
Mao
responded with guerrilla tactics influenced by the works of ancient military strategists like Sun Tzu , but Zhou and the new leadership followed a policy of open confrontation and conventional warfare. In doing so, the Red Army successfully defeated the first and second encirclements . Angered at his armies' failure, Chiang Kai-shek personally arrived to lead the operation. He too faced setbacks and retreated to deal with the further Japanese incursions into China
China
. As a result of the KMT's change of focus to the defence of China
China
against Japanese expansionism, the Red Army was able to expand its area of control, eventually encompassing a population of 3 million. Mao
Mao
proceeded with his land reform program. In November 1931 he announced the start of a "land verification project" which was expanded in June 1933. He also orchestrated education programs and implemented measures to increase female political participation. Chiang viewed the Communists as a greater threat than the Japanese and returned to Jiangxi, where he initiated the fifth encirclement campaign , which involved the construction of a concrete and barbed wire "wall of fire" around the state, which was accompanied by aerial bombardment, to which Zhou's tactics proved ineffective. Trapped inside, morale among the Red Army dropped as food and medicine became scarce. The leadership decided to evacuate.

THE LONG MARCH: 1934–1935

On October 14, 1934, the Red Army broke through the KMT line on the Jiangxi
Jiangxi
Soviet's south-west corner at Xinfeng with 85,000 soldiers and 15,000 party cadres and embarked on the " Long March ". In order to make the escape, many of the wounded and the ill, as well as women and children, were left behind, defended by a group of guerrilla fighters whom the KMT massacred. The 100,000 who escaped headed to southern Hunan, first crossing the Xiang River after heavy fighting, and then the Wu River , in Guizhou
Guizhou
where they took Zunyi in January 1935. Temporarily resting in the city, they held a conference ; here, Mao was elected to a position of leadership, becoming Chairman of the Politburo , and _de facto_ leader of both Party and Red Army, in part because his candidacy was supported by Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin . Insisting that they operate as a guerrilla force, he laid out a destination: the Shenshi Soviet in Shaanxi
Shaanxi
, Northern China, from where the Communists could focus on fighting the Japanese. Mao believed that in focusing on the anti-imperialist struggle, the Communists would earn the trust of the Chinese people, who in turn would renounce the KMT.

From Zunyi, Mao
Mao
led his troops to Loushan Pass , where they faced armed opposition but successfully crossed the river. Chiang flew into the area to lead his armies against Mao, but the Communists outmanoeuvred him and crossed the Jinsha River . Faced with the more difficult task of crossing the Tatu River , they managed it by fighting a battle over the Luding Bridge in May, taking Luding . Marching through the mountain ranges around Ma\'anshan , in Moukung, Western Szechuan, they encountered the 50,000-strong CPC Fourth Front Army of Zhang Guotao , and together proceeded to Maoerhkai and then Gansu
Gansu
. Zhang and Mao
Mao
disagreed over what to do; the latter wished to proceed to Shaanxi, while Zhang wanted to retreat east to Tibet
Tibet
or Sikkim
Sikkim
, far from the KMT threat. It was agreed that they would go their separate ways, with Zhu De joining Zhang. Mao's forces proceeded north, through hundreds of kilometres of Grasslands , an area of quagmire where they were attacked by Manchu tribesman and where many soldiers succumbed to famine and disease. Finally reaching Shaanxi
Shaanxi
, they fought off both the KMT and an Islamic cavalry militia before crossing the Min Mountains and Mount Liupan and reaching the Shenshi Soviet; only 7-8000 had survived. The Long March cemented Mao's status as the dominant figure in the party. In November 1935, he was named chairman of the Military Commission. From this point onward, Mao
Mao
was the Communist Party's undisputed leader, even though he would not become party chairman until 1943.

Many if not most of the events as later described by Mao
Mao
and which the CPC claims are true are seen as false by Jung Chang. During the decade spent researching the book, _Mao: The Unknown Story_, for instance, Chang found evidence that there was no battle at Luding and that the CPC crossed the bridge unopposed. Chang interviewed an eye witness to the crossing of the Dadu (Tatu) River at Luding, Mrs Zhu De, then 93 years old, who recalled no deaths, except for two people who fell from the bridge at Luding while repairing it. Chang also points out the contradictions in the version of events as told by the CPC, which said the bridge was taken by a suicide attack by 22 men, but that these men were also present at a ceremony following the crossing of the bridge.

Chang and Halliday also dispute the Communist Party of China's official version by claiming that far from the Long March being a masterful piece of strategy by the CPC, it was in fact devised by Chiang Kai-shek, leader of the KMT. Chiang's aim was to give the CPC an easy route to follow through warlord controlled areas. Hemmed in by Nationalist troops on three sides, the CPC was forced to follow the route dictated by the KMT. The aim of this was to allow KMT forces to follow the reds into warlord controlled areas such as Sichuan and win over warlords scared of the sudden arrival of the Communist force. The only glitch in this plan came when Mao
Mao
refused to follow the easy route into Sichuan where he was to meet up with a red army much larger than his own and led by a more senior CPC member, Chang Kuo Tao. Mao recognised the threat Chang posed to his rising position in the CPC and doubled back to give himself time to further cement his political power, causing the needless deaths of thousands of his own troops.

Chang and Halliday also claim that Mao
Mao
and other top CPC leaders did not walk the Long March, but were carried on litters – Mao
Mao
himself told his staff that being carried on the Long March gave him much time to read – with the litter bearers' knees being worn to the bone when forced to carry Mao
Mao
up mountains.

ALLIANCE WITH THE KUOMINTANG: 1935–1940

Main article: Second Sino-Japanese War In an effort to defeat the Japanese, Mao
Mao
(left) agreed to collaborate with Chiang (right).

Mao's troops arrived at the Yan\'an Soviet during October 1935 and settled in Pao An, until spring 1936. While there, they developed links with local communities, redistributed and farmed the land, offered medical treatment, and began literacy programs. Mao
Mao
now commanded 15,000 soldiers, boosted by the arrival of He Long 's men from Hunan
Hunan
and the armies of Zhu De and Zhang Guotao returned from Tibet. In February 1936 they established the North West Anti-Japanese Red Army University in Yan'an, through which they trained increasing numbers of new recruits. In January 1937 they began the "anti-Japanese expedition", that sent groups of guerrilla fighters into Japanese-controlled territory to undertake sporadic attacks. In May 1937, a Communist Conference was held in Yan'an
Yan'an
to discuss the situation. Western reporters also arrived in the "Border Region" (as the Soviet had been renamed); most notable were Edgar Snow , who used his experiences as a basis for _Red Star Over China
China
_, and Agnes Smedley , whose accounts brought international attention to Mao's cause.

On the Long March, Mao's wife He Zizen had been injured by a shrapnel wound to the head. She traveled to Moscow for medical treatment; Mao proceeded to divorce her and marry an actress, Jiang Qing
Jiang Qing
. Mao moved into a cave-house and spent much of his time reading, tending his garden and theorizing. He came to believe that the Red Army alone was unable to defeat the Japanese, and that a Communist-led "government of national defence" should be formed with the KMT and other "bourgeois nationalist" elements to achieve this goal. Although despising Chiang Kai-shek as a "traitor to the nation", on May 5 he telegrammed the Military Council of the Nanking National Government proposing a military alliance, a course of action advocated by Stalin. Although Chiang intended to ignore Mao's message and continue the civil war, he was arrested by one of his own generals, Zhang Xueliang , in Xi\'an , leading to the Xi\'an Incident ; Zhang forced Chiang to discuss the issue with the Communists, resulting in the formation of a United Front with concessions on both sides on December 25, 1937. _ Mao
Mao
in 1938, writing On Protracted War_

The Japanese had taken both Shanghai
Shanghai
and Nanking (Nanjing) —resulting in the Nanking Massacre , an atrocity Mao
Mao
never spoke of all his life—and was pushing the Kuomintang government inland to Chungking . The Japanese's brutality led to increasing numbers of Chinese joining the fight, and the Red Army grew from 50,000 to 500,000. In August 1938, the Red Army formed the New Fourth Army and the Eighth Route Army , which were nominally under the command of Chiang's National Revolutionary Army . In August 1940, the Red Army initiated the Hundred Regiments Campaign , in which 400,000 troops attacked the Japanese simultaneously in five provinces. It was a military success, that resulted in the death of 20,000 Japanese, the disruption of railways and the loss of a coal mine. From his base in Yan'an, Mao
Mao
authored several texts for his troops, including _Philosophy of Revolution_, which offered an introduction to the Marxist theory of knowledge, _Protracted Warfare_, which dealt with guerilla and mobile military tactics, and _New Democracy_, which laid forward ideas for China's future.

RESUMING CIVIL WAR: 1940–1949

In 1944, the Americans sent a special diplomatic envoy, called the Dixie Mission , to the Communist Party of China. According to Edwin Moise, in _Modern China: A History 2nd Edition_:

Most of the Americans were favourably impressed. The CPC seemed less corrupt, more unified, and more vigorous in its resistance to Japan than the KMT. United States
United States
fliers shot down over North China
China
... confirmed to their superiors that the CPC was both strong and popular over a broad area. In the end, the contacts with the USA developed with the CPC led to very little.

After the end of World War
War
II, the U.S. continued their military assistance to Chiang Kai-shek and his KMT government forces against the People\'s Liberation Army (PLA) led by Mao
Mao
Zedong during the civil war . Likewise, the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
gave quasi-covert support to Mao
Mao
by their occupation of north east China, which allowed the PLA to move in en masse and take large supplies of arms left by the Japanese's Kwantung Army .

To enhance the Red Army's military operations, Mao
Mao
as the Chairman of the Communist Party of China, named his close associate General Zhu De to be its Commander-in-Chief.

In 1948, under direct orders from Mao, the People's Liberation Army starved out the Kuomintang forces occupying the city of Changchun
Changchun
. At least 160,000 civilians are believed to have perished during the siege , which lasted from June until October. PLA lieutenant colonel Zhang Zhenglu, who documented the siege in his book _White Snow, Red Blood _, compared it to Hiroshima
Hiroshima
: "The casualties were about the same. Hiroshima
Hiroshima
took nine seconds; Changchun
Changchun
took five months." On January 21, 1949, Kuomintang forces suffered great losses in decisive battles against Mao's forces. In the early morning of December 10, 1949, PLA troops laid siege to Chongqing
Chongqing
and Chengdu
Chengdu
on mainland China
China
, and Chiang Kai-shek fled from the mainland to Formosa
Formosa
(Taiwan).

LEADERSHIP OF CHINA

Mao
Mao
Zedong declares the founding of the modern People's Republic of China, October 1, 1949.

The People's Republic of China
China
was established on October 1, 1949. It was the culmination of over two decades of civil and international wars. Mao's famous phrase "The Chinese people have stood up" (Chinese : 中國人民從此站起來了) associated with the establishment of the People's Republic of China
China
was not used in the speech he delivered from the Gate of Heavenly Peace
Peace
on October 1.

Mao
Mao
took up residence in Zhongnanhai
Zhongnanhai
, a compound next to the Forbidden City
Forbidden City
in Beijing, and there he ordered the construction of an indoor swimming pool and other buildings. Mao's physician Li Zhisui described him as conducting business either in bed or by the side of the pool, preferring not to wear formal clothes unless absolutely necessary. Li's book, _ The Private Life of Chairman Mao _, is regarded as controversial, especially by those sympathetic to Mao.

In October 1950, Mao
Mao
made the decision to send the People\'s Volunteer Army (PVA), a special unit of the People\'s Liberation Army , into the war in Korea and fight as well as to reinforce the armed forces of North Korea, the Korean People\'s Army , which had been in full retreat. Historical records showed that Mao
Mao
directed the PVA campaigns to the minutest details. As the Chairman of the CPC's Central Military Commission (CMC), he was also the Supreme Commander in Chief of the PLA and the People's Republic and Chairman of the ruling CPC. The PVA was under the overall command of then newly installed Premier Zhou Enlai
Zhou Enlai
, with General Peng Dehuai
Peng Dehuai
as field commander and political commissar. Mao
Mao
with his fourth wife, Jiang Qing
Jiang Qing
, called "Madame Mao", 1946

During the land reform, a significant numbers of landlords and well-to-do peasants were beaten to death at mass meetings organised by the Communist Party as land was taken from them and given to poorer peasants. The Campaign to Suppress Counter-revolutionaries , involved public executions that targeted mainly former Kuomintang officials, businessmen accused of "disturbing" the market, former employees of Western companies and intellectuals whose loyalty was suspect. In 1976, the U.S. State department estimated as many as a million were killed in the land reform, and 800,000 killed in the counter-revolutionary campaign.

Mao
Mao
himself claimed that a total of 700,000 people were killed in attacks on "counter-revolutionaries" during the years 1950–52. However, because there was a policy to select "at least one landlord, and usually several, in virtually every village for public execution", the number of deaths range between 2 million and 5 million. In addition, at least 1.5 million people, perhaps as many as 4 to 6 million, were sent to "reform through labour" camps where many perished. Mao
Mao
played a personal role in organizing the mass repressions and established a system of execution quotas, which were often exceeded. He defended these killings as necessary for the securing of power.

Starting in 1951, Mao
Mao
initiated two successive movements in an effort to rid urban areas of corruption by targeting wealthy capitalists and political opponents, known as the three-anti/five-anti campaigns . Whereas the three-anti campaign was a focused purge of government, industrial and party officials, the five-anti campaign set its sights slightly broader, targeting capitalist elements in general. Workers denounced their bosses, spouses turned on their spouses, and children informed on their parents; the victims were often humiliated at struggle sessions , a method designed to intimidate and terrify people to the maximum. Mao
Mao
insisted that minor offenders be criticised and reformed or sent to labour camps, "while the worst among them should be shot". These campaigns took several hundred thousand additional lives, the vast majority via suicide. Mao
Mao
at Joseph Stalin 's 70th birthday celebration in Moscow, December 1949

In Shanghai, suicide by jumping from tall buildings became so commonplace that residents avoided walking on the pavement near skyscrapers for fear that suicides might land on them. Some biographers have pointed out that driving those perceived as enemies to suicide was a common tactic during the Mao-era. For example, in his biography of Mao, Philip Short notes that in the Yan\'an Rectification Movement , Mao
Mao
gave explicit instructions that "no cadre is to be killed", but in practice allowed security chief Kang Sheng to drive opponents to suicide and that "this pattern was repeated throughout his leadership of the People's Republic."

Following the consolidation of power, Mao
Mao
launched the First Five-Year Plan (1953–58). The plan aimed to end Chinese dependence upon agriculture in order to become a world power. With the Soviet Union 's assistance, new industrial plants were built and agricultural production eventually fell to a point where industry was beginning to produce enough capital that China
China
no longer needed the USSR's support. The success of the First-Five Year Plan was to encourage Mao
Mao
to instigate the Second Five-Year Plan in 1958. Mao
Mao
also launched a phase of rapid collectivization . The CPC introduced price controls as well as a Chinese character simplification aimed at increasing literacy. Large-scale industrialization projects were also undertaken. Mao and Zhou Enlai
Zhou Enlai
meeting with Dalai Lama (right) and Panchen Lama (left) to celebrate Tibetan New Year, Beijing, 1955

Programs pursued during this time include the Hundred Flowers Campaign , in which Mao
Mao
indicated his supposed willingness to consider different opinions about how China
China
should be governed. Given the freedom to express themselves, liberal and intellectual Chinese began opposing the Communist Party and questioning its leadership. This was initially tolerated and encouraged. After a few months, Mao's government reversed its policy and persecuted those, totaling perhaps 500,000, who criticised, as well as those who were merely alleged to have criticised, the party in what is called the Anti-Rightist Movement . Authors such as Jung Chang have alleged that the Hundred Flowers Campaign was merely a ruse to root out "dangerous" thinking.

Li Zhisui, Mao's physician, suggested that Mao
Mao
had initially seen the policy as a way of weakening opposition to him within the party and that he was surprised by the extent of criticism and the fact that it came to be directed at his own leadership. It was only then that he used it as a method of identifying and subsequently persecuting those critical of his government. The Hundred Flowers movement led to the condemnation, silencing, and death of many citizens, also linked to Mao's Anti-Rightist Movement, resulting in deaths possibly in the millions.

GREAT LEAP FORWARD

Main article: Great Leap Forward
Great Leap Forward
Mao
Mao
with Nikita Khrushchev , Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
and Soong Ching-ling during a state dinner in Beijing, 1959

In January 1958, Mao
Mao
launched the second Five-Year Plan , known as the Great Leap Forward
Great Leap Forward
, a plan intended as an alternative model for economic growth to the Soviet model focusing on heavy industry that was advocated by others in the party. Under this economic program, the relatively small agricultural collectives which had been formed to date were rapidly merged into far larger people\'s communes , and many of the peasants were ordered to work on massive infrastructure projects and on the production of iron and steel. Some private food production was banned; livestock and farm implements were brought under collective ownership.

Under the Great Leap Forward, Mao
Mao
and other party leaders ordered the implementation of a variety of unproven and unscientific new agricultural techniques by the new communes. The combined effect of the diversion of labour to steel production and infrastructure projects, and cyclical natural disasters led to an approximately 15% drop in grain production in 1959 followed by a further 10% decline in 1960 and no recovery in 1961.

In an effort to win favour with their superiors and avoid being purged, each layer in the party hierarchy exaggerated the amount of grain produced under them. Based upon the fabricated success, party cadres were ordered to requisition a disproportionately high amount of that fictitious harvest for state use, primarily for use in the cities and urban areas but also for export. The result, compounded in some areas by drought and in others by floods, was that rural peasants were left with little food for themselves and many millions starved to death in the largest famine known as the Great Chinese Famine . This famine was a direct cause of the death of some 30 million Chinese peasants between 1959 and 1962. Further, many children who became emaciated and malnourished during years of hardship and struggle for survival died shortly after the Great Leap Forward
Great Leap Forward
came to an end in 1962.

The extent of Mao's knowledge of the severity of the situation has been disputed. Mao's physician believed that he may have been unaware of the extent of the famine, partly due to a reluctance to criticise his policies, and the willingness of his staff to exaggerate or outright fake reports regarding food production. Upon learning of the extent of the starvation, Mao
Mao
vowed to stop eating meat, an action followed by his staff. Early in the Great Leap, commune members were encouraged to eat their fill in communal canteens. Later, many canteens shut down as they ran out of food and fuel.

Hong Kong-based historian Frank Dikötter , challenged the notion that Mao
Mao
did not know about the famine throughout the country until it was too late:

The idea that the state mistakenly took too much grain from the countryside because it assumed that the harvest was much larger than it was is largely a myth—at most partially true for the autumn of 1958 only. In most cases the party knew very well that it was starving its own people to death. At a secret meeting in the Jinjiang Hotel in Shanghai
Shanghai
dated March 25, 1959, Mao
Mao
specifically ordered the party to procure up to one third of all the grain, much more than had ever been the case. At the meeting he announced that "To distribute resources evenly will only ruin the Great Leap Forward. When there is not enough to eat, people starve to death. It is better to let half of the people die so that the other half can eat their fill."

Professor Emeritus Thomas P. Bernstein of Columbia University offered his view on Mao's statement on starvation in the March 25, 1959 meeting:

Some scholars believe that this shows Mao’s readiness to accept mass death on an immense scale. My own view is that this is an instance of Mao’s use of hyperbole, another being his casual acceptance of death of half the population during a nuclear war. In other contexts, Mao
Mao
did not in fact accept mass death. Zhou’s Chronology shows that in October 1958, Mao
Mao
expressed real concern that 40,000 people in Yunnan had starved to death (p. 173). Shortly after the March 25 meeting, he worried about 25.2 million people who were at risk of starvation. But from late summer on, Mao
Mao
essentially forgot about this issue, until, as noted, the "Xinyang Incident" came to light in October 1960.

In the article " Mao
Mao
Zedong and the Famine
Famine
of 1959–1960: A Study in Wilfulness", published in 2006 in _The China
China
Quarterly _, Professor Thomas P. Bernstein also discussed Mao's change of attitudes during different phases of the Great Leap Forward:

In late autumn 1958, Mao
Mao
Zedong strongly condemned widespread practices of the Great Leap Forward
Great Leap Forward
(GLF) such as subjecting peasants to exhausting labour without adequate food and rest, which had resulted in epidemics, starvation and deaths. At that time Mao explicitly recognized that anti-rightist pressures on officialdom were a major cause of "production at the expense of livelihood." While he was not willing to acknowledge that only abandonment of the GLF could solve these problems, he did strongly demand that they be addressed. After the July 1959 clash at Lushan with Peng Dehuai
Peng Dehuai
, Mao
Mao
revived the GLF in the context of a new, extremely harsh anti-rightist campaign, which he relentlessly promoted into the spring of 1960 together with the radical policies that he previously condemned. Not until spring 1960 did Mao
Mao
again express concern about abnormal deaths and other abuses, but he failed to apply the pressure needed to stop them. Given what he had already learned about the costs to the peasants of GLF extremism, the Chairman should have known that the revival of GLF radicalism would exact a similar or even bigger price. Instead, he wilfully ignored the lessons of the first radical phase for the sake of achieving extreme ideological and developmental goals.

In _Hungry Ghosts: Mao\'s Secret Famine
Famine
_, Jasper Becker notes that Mao
Mao
was dismissive of reports he received of food shortages in the countryside and refused to change course, believing that peasants were lying and that rightists and kulaks were hoarding grain. He refused to open state granaries, and instead launched a series of "anti-grain concealment" drives that resulted in numerous purges and suicides. Other violent campaigns followed in which party leaders went from village to village in search of hidden food reserves, and not only grain, as Mao
Mao
issued quotas for pigs, chickens, ducks and eggs. Many peasants accused of hiding food were tortured and beaten to death.

Whatever the cause of the disaster, Mao
Mao
lost esteem among many of the top party cadres, was eventually forced to abandon the policy in 1962, and lost political power to moderate leaders such as Liu Shaoqi and Deng Xiaoping
Deng Xiaoping
. Mao, however, supported by national propaganda, claimed that he was only partly to blame for the famine. As a result, he was able to remain Chairman of the Communist Party, with the Presidency transferred to Liu Shaoqi.

The Great Leap Forward
Great Leap Forward
was a tragedy for the vast majority of the Chinese. Although the steel quotas were officially reached, almost all of the supposed steel made in the countryside was iron, as it had been made from assorted scrap metal in home-made furnaces with no reliable source of fuel such as coal. This meant that proper smelting conditions could not be achieved. According to Zhang Rongmei, a geometry teacher in rural Shanghai
Shanghai
during the Great Leap Forward:

"We took all the furniture, pots, and pans we had in our house, and all our neighbours did likewise. We put everything in a big fire and melted down all the metal."

The worst of the famine was steered towards enemies of the state. As Jasper Becker explains:

"The most vulnerable section of China's population, around five per cent, were those whom Mao
Mao
called 'enemies of the people '. Anyone who had in previous campaigns of repression been labeled a 'black element' was given the lowest priority in the allocation of food. Landlords, rich peasants, former members of the nationalist regime, religious leaders, rightists, counter-revolutionaries and the families of such individuals died in the greatest numbers."_ _

At a large Communist Party conference in Beijing
Beijing
in January 1962, called the "Conference of the Seven Thousand", State Chairman Liu Shaoqi denounced the Great Leap Forward
Great Leap Forward
as responsible for widespread famine. The overwhelming majority of delegates expressed agreement, but Defense Minister Lin Biao staunchly defended Mao. A brief period of liberalization followed while Mao
Mao
and Lin plotted a comeback. Liu Shaoqi and Deng Xiaoping
Deng Xiaoping
rescued the economy by disbanding the people's communes, introducing elements of private control of peasant smallholdings and importing grain from Canada and Australia to mitigate the worst effects of famine. Mao
Mao
with Henry Kissinger and Zhou Enlai
Zhou Enlai
, Beijing, 1972

CONSEQUENCES

At the Lushan Conference
Lushan Conference
in July/August 1959, several ministers expressed concern that the Great Leap Forward
Great Leap Forward
had not proved as successful as planned. The most direct of these was Minister of Defence and Korean War veteran General Peng Dehuai
Peng Dehuai
. Following Peng's criticism of the Great Leap Forward, Mao
Mao
orchestrated a purge of Peng and his supporters, stifling criticism of the Great Leap policies. Senior officials who reported the truth of the famine to Mao
Mao
were branded as "right opportunists." A campaign against right-wing opportunism was launched and resulted in party members and ordinary peasants being sent to prison labor camps where many would subsequently die in the famine. Years later the CPC would conclude that as many as six million people were wrongly punished in the campaign.

The number of deaths by starvation during the Great Leap Forward
Great Leap Forward
is deeply controversial. Until the mid-1980s, when official census figures were finally published by the Chinese Government, little was known about the scale of the disaster in the Chinese countryside, as the handful of Western observers allowed access during this time had been restricted to model villages where they were deceived into believing that the Great Leap Forward
Great Leap Forward
had been a great success. There was also an assumption that the flow of individual reports of starvation that had been reaching the West, primarily through Hong Kong and Taiwan, must have been localised or exaggerated as China
China
was continuing to claim record harvests and was a net exporter of grain through the period. Because Mao
Mao
wanted to pay back early to the Soviets debts totalling 1.973 billion yuan from 1960 to 1962, exports increased by 50%, and fellow Communist regimes in North Korea
North Korea
, North Vietnam and Albania were provided grain free of charge.

Censuses were carried out in China
China
in 1953, 1964 and 1982. The first attempt to analyse this data to estimate the number of famine deaths was carried out by American demographer Dr. Judith Banister and published in 1984. Given the lengthy gaps between the censuses and doubts over the reliability of the data, an accurate figure is difficult to ascertain. Nevertheless, Banister concluded that the official data implied that around 15 million excess deaths incurred in China
China
during 1958–61, and that based on her modelling of Chinese demographics during the period and taking account of assumed under-reporting during the famine years, the figure was around 30 million. The official statistic is 20 million deaths, as given by Hu Yaobang . Yang Jisheng , a former Xinhua News Agency reporter who had privileged access and connections available to no other scholars, estimates a death toll of 36 million. Frank Dikötter estimates that there were at least 45 million premature deaths attributable to the Great Leap Forward
Great Leap Forward
from 1958 to 1962. Various other sources have put the figure at between 20 and 46 million.

SPLIT FROM SOVIET UNION

US President Gerald Ford watches as Henry Kissinger
Henry Kissinger
shakes hands with Mao
Mao
Zedong during their visit to China, December 2, 1975 Main article: Sino-Soviet split

On the international front, the period was dominated by the further isolation of China. The Sino-Soviet split resulted in Nikita Khrushchev 's withdrawal of all Soviet technical experts and aid from the country. The split concerned the leadership of world Communism
Communism
. The USSR had a network of Communist parties it supported; China
China
now created its own rival network to battle it out for local control of the left in numerous countries. Lorenz M. Lüthi argues: The Sino-Soviet split was one of the key events of the Cold War, equal in importance to the construction of the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Second Vietnam War, and Sino-American rapprochement. The split helped to determine the framework of the Second Cold War in general, and influenced the course of the Second Vietnam War
War
in particular.

The split resulted from Nikita Khrushchev 's more moderate Soviet leadership after the death of Stalin in March 1953. Only Albania openly sided with China, thereby forming an alliance between the two countries which would last until after Mao's death in 1976. Warned that the Soviets had nuclear weapons, Mao
Mao
minimized the threat. Becker says that, " Mao
Mao
believed that the bomb was a 'paper tiger', declaring to Khrushchev that it would not matter if China
China
lost 300 million people in a nuclear war: the other half of the population would survive to ensure victory."

Stalin had established himself as the successor of "correct" Marxist thought well before Mao
Mao
controlled the Communist Party of China , and therefore Mao
Mao
never challenged the suitability of any Stalinist doctrine (at least while Stalin was alive). Upon the death of Stalin, Mao
Mao
believed (perhaps because of seniority) that the leadership of Marxist doctrine would fall to him. The resulting tension between Khrushchev (at the head of a politically and militarily superior government), and Mao
Mao
(believing he had a superior understanding of Marxist ideology) eroded the previous patron-client relationship between the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
and the CPC. In China, the formerly favoured Soviets were now denounced as "revisionists" and listed alongside "American imperialism" as movements to oppose.

Partly surrounded by hostile American military bases (in South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan
Taiwan
), China
China
was now confronted with a new Soviet threat from the north and west. Both the internal crisis and the external threat called for extraordinary statesmanship from Mao, but as China entered the new decade the statesmen of the People's Republic were in hostile confrontation with each other.

GREAT PROLETARIAN CULTURAL REVOLUTION

Main article: Cultural Revolution

During the early 1960s, Mao
Mao
became concerned with the nature of post-1959 China. He saw that the revolution and Great Leap Forward
Great Leap Forward
had replaced the old elite with a new one. He was concerned that those in power were becoming estranged from the people they were to serve. Mao believed that a revolution of culture would unseat and unsettle the "ruling class" and keep China
China
in a state of "perpetual revolution" that, theoretically, would serve the interests of the majority, rather than a tiny and privileged elite . State Chairman Liu Shaoqi and General Secretary Deng Xiaoping
Deng Xiaoping
favoured the idea that Mao
Mao
be removed from actual power but maintain his ceremonial and symbolic role, with the party upholding all of his positive contributions to the revolution. They attempted to marginalise Mao
Mao
by taking control of economic policy and asserting themselves politically as well. Many claim that Mao
Mao
responded to Liu and Deng's movements by launching the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in 1966. Some scholars, such as Mobo Gao, claim the case for this is overstated. Others, such as Frank Dikötter , hold that Mao
Mao
launched the Cultural Revolution to wreak revenge on those who had dared to challenge him over the Great Leap Forward.

Believing that certain liberal bourgeois elements of society continued to threaten the socialist framework, groups of young people known as the Red Guards struggled against authorities at all levels of society and even set up their own tribunals. Chaos reigned in much of the nation, and millions were persecuted, including a famous philosopher, Chen Yuen. During the Cultural Revolution, nearly all of the schools and universities in China
China
were closed and the young intellectuals living in cities were ordered to the countryside to be "re-educated" by the peasants, where they performed hard manual labour and other work.

The Cultural Revolution led to the destruction of much of China's traditional cultural heritage and the imprisonment of a huge number of Chinese citizens, as well as the creation of general economic and social chaos in the country. Millions of lives were ruined during this period, as the Cultural Revolution pierced into every part of Chinese life, depicted by such Chinese films as _To Live _, _ The Blue Kite _ and _Farewell My Concubine _. It is estimated that hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, perished in the violence of the Cultural Revolution.

When Mao
Mao
was informed of such losses, particularly that people had been driven to suicide, he is alleged to have commented: "People who try to commit suicide — don't attempt to save them! . . . China
China
is such a populous nation, it is not as if we cannot do without a few people." The authorities allowed the Red Guards to abuse and kill opponents of the regime. Said Xie Fuzhi , national police chief: "Don't say it is wrong of them to beat up bad persons: if in anger they beat someone to death, then so be it." As a result, in August and September 1966, there were a reported 1,772 people murdered by the Red Guards in Beijing
Beijing
alone.

It was during this period that Mao
Mao
chose Lin Biao , who seemed to echo all of Mao's ideas, to become his successor. Lin was later officially named as Mao's successor. By 1971, however, a divide between the two men became apparent. Official history in China
China
states that Lin was planning a military coup or an assassination attempt on Mao. Lin Biao died in a plane crash over the air space of Mongolia, presumably as he fled China, probably anticipating his arrest. The CPC declared that Lin was planning to depose Mao, and posthumously expelled Lin from the party. At this time, Mao
Mao
lost trust in many of the top CPC figures. The highest-ranking Soviet Bloc intelligence defector, Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa described his conversation with Nicolae Ceaușescu who told him about a plot to kill Mao
Mao
Zedong with the help of Lin Biao organised by the KGB
KGB
.

Despite being considered a feminist figure by some and a supporter of women's rights, documents released by the US Department of State in 2008 show that Mao
Mao
declared women to be a "nonsense" in 1973, in conversation with Kissinger, joking that " China
China
is a very poor country. We don't have much. What we have in excess is women... Let them go to your place. They will create disasters. That way you can lessen our burdens." When Mao
Mao
offered 10 million women, Kissinger replied by saying that Mao
Mao
was "improving his offer". Mao
Mao
and Kissinger then agreed that their comments on women be removed from public records, prompted by a Chinese official who feared that Mao's comments might incur public anger if released.

"Mango Fever"

On August 4, 1968, Mao
Mao
was presented with some mangoes by the Pakistani foreign minister , Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada , in an apparent diplomatic gesture. Mao
Mao
called the mangoes a "spiritual time bomb" and shortly afterwards, Mao
Mao
had his aide divide them up and send them to Mao
Mao
Zedong Propaganda Teams across Beijing
Beijing
, starting with one started at Tsinghua University
Tsinghua University
on August 5. On August 7, an article was published in the _People\'s Daily _ saying:

In the afternoon of the fifth, when the great happy news of Chairman Mao
Mao
giving mangoes to the Capital Worker and Peasant Mao
Mao
Zedong Thought Propaganda Team reached the Tsinghua University
Tsinghua University
campus, people immediately gathered around the gift given by the Great Leader Chairman Mao. They cried out enthusiastically and sang with wild abandonment. Tears swelled up in their eyes, and they again and again sincerely wished that our most beloved Great Leader lived then thousand years without bounds ... They all made phone calls to their own work units to spread this happy news; and they also organised all kinds of celebratory activities all night long, and arrived at Zhongnanhai
Zhongnanhai
despite the rain to report the good news, and to express their loyalty to the Great Leader Chairman Mao.

Subsequent articles were also written by government officials propagandizing the reception of the mangoes, and another poem in the _People's Daily_ said: "Seeing that golden mango/Was as if seeing the great leader Chairman Mao
Mao
... Again and again touching that golden mango/the golden mango was so warm". Few people at this time in China had ever seen a mango before, and a mango was seen as "a fruit of extreme rarity, like Mushrooms of Immortality".

One of the mangoes was sent to the Beijing
Beijing
Textile Factory, whose revolutionary committee organised a rally in the mangoes' honour. Workers read out quotations from Mao
Mao
and celebrated the gift. Altars were erected to prominently display the fruit; when the mango peel began to rot after a few days, the fruit was peeled and boiled in a pot of water. Workers then filed by and each was given a spoonful of mango water. The revolutionary committee also made a wax replica of the mango, and displayed this as a centrepiece in the factory. There followed several months of "mango fever", as the fruit became a focus of a "boundless loyalty" campaign for Chairman Mao. More replica mangoes were created and the replicas were sent on tour around Beijing and elsewhere in China. Many revolutionary committees visited the mangoes in Beijing
Beijing
from outlying provinces; approximately half a million people greeted the replicas when they arrived in Chengdu
Chengdu
. Badges and wall posters featuring the mangoes and Mao
Mao
were produced in the millions. The fruit was shared among all institutions that had been a part of the propaganda team, and large processions were organised in support of the _zhengui lipin_ ("precious gift"), as the mangoes were known as. One dentist in a small village compared a mango to a sweet potato; he was put on trial for malicious slander and executed.

It has been claimed that Mao
Mao
used the mangoes to express support for the workers who would go to whatever lengths necessary to end the factional fighting among students, and a "prime example of Mao's strategy of symbolic support". Even up until early 1969, participants of Mao
Mao
Zedong Thought study classes in Beijing
Beijing
would return with mass-produced mango facsimiles and still gain media attention in the provinces.

End Of The Cultural Revolution

In 1969, Mao
Mao
declared the Cultural Revolution to be over, although various historians in and outside of China
China
mark the end of the Cultural Revolution – as a whole or in part – in 1976, following Mao's death and the arrest of the Gang of Four . In the last years of his life, Mao
Mao
was faced with declining health due to either Parkinson\'s disease or, according to his physician, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis , as well as lung ailments due to smoking and heart trouble. Some also attributed Mao's decline in health to the betrayal of Lin Biao. Mao
Mao
remained passive as various factions within the Communist Party mobilised for the power struggle anticipated after his death.

The Cultural Revolution is often looked at in all scholarly circles as a greatly disruptive period for China. While one-tenth of Chinese people—an estimated 100 million—did suffer during the period, some scholars, such as Lee Feigon and Mobo Gao, claim there were many great advances, and in some sectors the Chinese economy continued to outperform the West. They hold that the Cultural Revolution period laid the foundation for the spectacular growth that continues in China. During the Cultural Revolution, China
China
detonated its first H-Bomb (1967), launched the Dong Fang Hong satellite (January 30, 1970), commissioned its first nuclear submarines and made various advances in science and technology. Healthcare was free, and living standards in the countryside continued to improve. In comparison, the Great Leap probably did cause a much larger loss of life with its flawed economic policies which encompassed even the peasants.

Historian Daniel Leese notes that in the 1950s Mao's personality was hardening: The impression of Mao's personality that emerges from the literature is disturbing. It reveals a certain temporal development from a down-to-earth leader, who was amicable when uncontested and occasionally reflected on the limits of his power, to an increasingly ruthless and self-indulgent dictator. Mao's preparedness to accept criticism decreased continuously.

STATE VISITS

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Country DATE HOST

Soviet Union
Soviet Union
1949-12-16 Joseph Stalin

Soviet Union
Soviet Union
1957-11-02 Nikita Khrushchev

During his leadership, Mao
Mao
traveled outside China
China
on only two occasions, both state visits to the Soviet Union. When Mao
Mao
stepped down as head of state in April 1959, further state visits and travels abroad were undertaken by president Liu Shaoqi rather than Mao personally.

DEATH AND AFTERMATH

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Further information: Mausoleum of Mao Zedong

Smoking may have played an important role in his declining health, for Mao
Mao
was a heavy smoker during most of his adult life. It became a state secret that he suffered from multiple lung and heart ailments during his later years. There are unconfirmed reports that he possibly had Parkinson\'s disease in addition to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis , also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Mao's last public appearance—and the last known photograph of him alive—was on May 27, 1976, when he met the visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
during the latter's one-day visit to Beijing. Mao
Mao
suffered two major heart attacks in 1976, one in March and another in July, before a third struck on September 5, rendering him an invalid. Mao
Mao
Zedong died nearly four days later just after midnight, at 00:10, on September 9, 1976, at age 82. The Communist Party of China
China
delayed the announcement of his death until 16:00 later that day, when a radio message broadcast across the nation announced the news of Mao's passing while appealing for party unity.

Mao's embalmed, CPC-flag-draped body lay in state at the Great Hall of the People for one week. During this period, one million people (none of them foreign diplomats, and the majority crying openly or otherwise displaying some kind of sadness) filed past Mao
Mao
to pay their final respects. Chairman Mao's official portrait was hung on the wall, with a banner reading: "Carry on the cause left by Chairman Mao and carry on the cause of proletarian revolution to the end", until September 17. On September 17, Chairman Mao's body was taken in a minibus from the Great Hall of the people to Maojiawan to the 305 Hospital that Liu Zhisui directed, and Mao's internal organs were preserved in formaldehyde .

On September 18, a somber cacophony of guns, sirens, whistles and horns all across China
China
was spontaneously blown in observance of a three-minute silence, which everybody except those performing essential tasks was ordered to observe. After that, a band in Tiananmen
Tiananmen
Square , packed with and surrounded by millions of people, played " The Internationale ". The final service on that day was concluded by Hua Guofeng's 20-minute-long eulogy atop Tiananmen
Tiananmen
Gate. Mao's body was later permanently interred in a mausoleum in Beijing.

LEGACY

A large portrait of Mao
Mao
by Zhang Zhenshi at Tiananmen
Tiananmen
"Had Mao
Mao
died in 1956, his achievements would have been immortal. Had he died in 1966, he would still have been a great man but flawed. But he died in 1976. Alas, what can one say?" — Chen Yun , a leading Communist Party official under Mao
Mao
and Deng Xiaoping
Deng Xiaoping
.

Mao
Mao
remains a controversial figure and there is little agreement over his legacy both in China
China
and abroad. Supporters generally credit and praise him for having unified China
China
and for ending the previous decades of civil war. He is also credited for having improved the status of women in China
China
and for improving literacy and education. His policies caused the deaths of tens of millions of people in China during his 27-year reign, more than any other Twentieth Century leader; the number of people who died under his regime range from 40 million to as many as 70 million. However, supporters point out that in spite of this, life expectancy improved during his reign. His supporters claim that he rapidly industrialised China; however, others have claimed that his policies such as the "Great Leap Forward" and the "Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution", were impediments to industrialisation and modernisation. His supporters claim that his policies laid the groundwork for China's later rise to become an economic superpower, while others claim that his policies delayed economic development and that China's economy underwent its rapid growth only after Mao's policies had been widely abandoned. Mao's revolutionary tactics continue to be used by insurgents, and his political ideology continues to be embraced by many Communist organizations around the world.

In mainland China, Mao
Mao
is still revered by many members and supporters of the Communist Party and respected by the majority of the general population as the "Founding Father of modern China", credited for giving "the Chinese people dignity and self-respect." Mobo Gao in his 2008 book _The Battle for China's Past: Mao
Mao
and the Cultural Revolution_, credits Mao
Mao
for raising the average life expectancy from 35 in 1949 to 63 by 1975, bringing "unity and stability to a country that had been plagued by civil wars and foreign invasions", and laying the foundation for China
China
to "become the equal of the great global powers". Gao also lauds Mao
Mao
for carrying out massive land reform , promoting the status of women, improving popular literacy, and positively "transform(ing) Chinese society beyond recognition."

However, Mao
Mao
has many Chinese critics, both those who live inside and outside China. Opposition to Mao
Mao
is subject to restriction and censorship in mainland China, but is especially strong elsewhere, where he is often reviled as a brutish ideologue. In the West, his name is generally associated with tyranny and his economic theories are widely discredited—though to some political activists he remains a symbol against capitalism , imperialism and western influence. Even in China, key pillars of his economic theory have been largely dismantled by market reformers like Deng Xiaoping
Deng Xiaoping
and Zhao Ziyang , who succeeded him as leaders of the Communist Party. Statue of young Mao
Mao
in Changsha , the capital of Hunan
Hunan

Though the Chinese Communist Party
Chinese Communist Party
, which Mao
Mao
led to power, has rejected in practice the economic fundamentals of much of Mao's ideology, it retains for itself many of the powers established under Mao's reign: it controls the Chinese army, police, courts and media and does not permit multi-party elections at the national or local level, except in Hong Kong. Thus it is difficult to gauge the true extent of support for the Chinese Communist Party
Chinese Communist Party
and Mao's legacy within mainland China. For its part, the Chinese government continues to officially regard Mao
Mao
as a national hero. On December 25, 2008, China
China
opened the Mao
Mao
Zedong Square to visitors in his home town of central Hunan
Hunan
Province to mark the 115th anniversary of his birth.

There continue to be disagreements on Mao's legacy. Former Party official Su Shachi, has opined that "he was a great historical criminal, but he was also a great force for good." In a similar vein, journalist Liu Binyan has described Mao
Mao
as "both monster and a genius." Some historians argue that Mao
Mao
Zedong was "one of the great tyrants of the twentieth century", and a dictator comparable to Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin , with a death toll surpassing both. In _The Black Book of Communism
Communism
_, Jean Louis Margolin writes that "Mao Zedong was so powerful that he was often known as the Red Emperor ... the violence he erected into a whole system far exceeds any national tradition of violence that we might find in China." Mao
Mao
was frequently likened to China's First Emperor Qin Shi Huang , notorious for burying alive hundreds of scholars , and personally enjoyed the comparison. During a speech to party cadre in 1958, Mao
Mao
said he had far outdone Qin Shi Huang in his policy against intellectuals: "What did he amount to? He only buried alive 460 scholars, while we buried 46,000. In our suppression of the counter-revolutionaries, did we not kill some counter-revolutionary intellectuals? I once debated with the democratic people: You accuse us of acting like Ch’in-shih-huang, but you are wrong; we surpass him 100 times." As a result of such tactics, critics have pointed out that:

The People's Republic of China
China
under Mao
Mao
exhibited the oppressive tendencies that were discernible in all the major absolutist regimes of the twentieth century. There are obvious parallels between Mao's China, Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
and Soviet Russia . Each of these regimes witnessed deliberately ordered mass 'cleansing' and extermination.

Others, such as Philip Short , reject such comparisons in _Mao: A Life_, arguing that whereas the deaths caused by Nazi Germany
Nazi Germany
and Soviet Russia were largely systematic and deliberate, the overwhelming majority of the deaths under Mao
Mao
were unintended consequences of famine. Short noted that landlord class were not exterminated as a people due to Mao's belief in redemption through thought reform. He instead compared Mao
Mao
with 19th-century Chinese reformers who challenged China's traditional beliefs in the era of China's clashes with Western colonial powers. Short argues, "Mao's tragedy and his grandeur were that he remained to the end in thrall to his own revolutionary dreams ... He freed China
China
from the straitjacket of its Confucian past, but the bright Red future he promised turned out to be a sterile purgatory.

Mao's English interpreter Sidney Rittenberg wrote in his memoir _The Man Who Stayed Behind_ that whilst Mao
Mao
"was a great leader in history", he was also "a great criminal because, not that he wanted to, not that he intended to, but in fact, his wild fantasies led to the deaths of tens of millions of people." Li Rui , Mao's personal secretary, goes further and claims he was dismissive of the suffering and death caused by his policies: "Mao's way of thinking and governing was terrifying. He put no value on human life. The deaths of others meant nothing to him." Sculptures in front of the Mausoleum of Mao
Mao
Zedong, Beijing
Beijing

In their 832-page biography, _Mao: The Unknown Story _, Jung Chang and Jon Halliday take a very critical view of Mao's life and influence. For example, they note that Mao
Mao
was well aware that his policies would be responsible for the deaths of millions; While discussing labour-intensive projects such as waterworks and making steel, Mao
Mao
said to his inner circle in November 1958: "Working like this, with all these projects, half of China
China
may well have to die. If not half, one-third, or one-tenth—50 million—die."

Thomas Bernstein of Columbia University argues that this quotation is taken out of context, claiming:

The Chinese original, however, is not quite as shocking. In the speech, Mao
Mao
talks about massive earthmoving irrigation projects and numerous big industrial ones, all requiring huge numbers of people. If the projects, he said, are all undertaken simultaneously "half of China's population unquestionably will die; and if it's not half, it'll be a third or ten percent, a death toll of 50 million people." Mao
Mao
then pointed to the example of Guangxi provincial Party secretary, Chén Mànyuǎn (陳漫遠) who had been dismissed in 1957 for failing to prevent famine in the previous year, adding: "If with a death toll of 50 million you didn't lose your jobs, I at least should lose mine; whether I should lose my head would also be in question. Anhui wants to do so much, which is quite all right, but make it a principle to have no deaths."

Jasper Becker notes, "archive material gathered by Dikötter ... confirms that far from being ignorant or misled about the famine, the Chinese leadership were kept informed about it all the time. And he exposes the extent of the violence used against the peasants":

Mass killings are not usually associated with Mao
Mao
and the Great Leap Forward, and China
China
continues to benefit from a more favourable comparison with Cambodia
Cambodia
or the Soviet Union. But as fresh and abundant archival evidence shows, coercion, terror and systematic violence were the foundation of the Great Leap, and between 1958 to 1962, by a rough approximation, some 6 to 8 per cent of those who died were tortured to death or summarily killed—amounting to at least 3 million victims.

Countless others were deliberately deprived of food and consequently starved to death. Many more vanished because they were too old, weak or sick to work—and hence unable to earn their keep. People were killed selectively because they had the wrong class background, because they dragged their feet, because they spoke out or simply because they were not liked, for whatever reason, by the man who wielded the ladle in the canteen.

Dikötter argues that CPC leaders "glorified violence and were inured to massive loss of life. And all of them shared an ideology in which the end justified the means. In 1962, having lost millions of people in his province, Li Jingquan compared the Great Leap Forward
Great Leap Forward
to the Long March in which only one in ten had made it to the end: 'We are not weak, we are stronger, we have kept the backbone.'"

Regarding the large-scale irrigation projects, Dikötter stresses that, in spite of Mao
Mao
being in a good position to see the human cost, they continued unabated for several years, and ultimately claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of exhausted villagers. He also notes that "In a chilling precursor of Cambodia
Cambodia
under the Khmer Rouge, villagers in Qingshui and Gansu
Gansu
called these projects the 'killing fields'." Mao
Mao
greets United States
United States
President Richard Nixon during his visit to China
China
in 1972

The United States
United States
placed a trade embargo on the People's Republic as a result of its involvement in the Korean War , lasting until Richard Nixon decided that developing relations with the PRC would be useful in dealing with the Soviet Union.

The television series Biography stated: " turned China
China
from a feudal backwater into one of the most powerful countries in the World ... The Chinese system he overthrew was backward and corrupt; few would argue the fact that he dragged China
China
into the 20th century. But at a cost in human lives that is staggering."

In the book _ China
China
in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know_ published in 2010, Professor Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom of the University of California, Irvine compares China’s relationship to Mao
Mao
Zedong to Americans' remembrance of Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson
: both countries regard the leaders in a positive light, despite their respective roles in devastating policies. Jackson forcibly moved Native Americans , resulting in thousands of deaths, while Mao
Mao
was at the helm during the violent years of the Cultural Revolution and the Great Leap Forward:

Though admittedly far from perfect, the comparison is based on the fact that Jackson is remembered both as someone who played a significant role in the development of a political organization (the Democratic Party) that still has many partisans, and as someone responsible for brutal policies toward Native Americans that are now referred to as genocidal.

Both men are thought of as having done terrible things yet this does not necessarily prevent them from being used as positive symbols. And Jackson still appears on $20 bills, even though Americans tend to view as heinous the institution of slavery (of which he was a passionate defender) and the early 19th-century military campaigns against Native Americans (in which he took part).

At times Jackson, for all his flaws, is invoked as representing an egalitarian strain within the American democratic tradition, a self-made man of the people who rose to power via straight talk and was not allied with moneyed interests. Mao
Mao
stands for something roughly similar.

Mao's military writings continue to have a large amount of influence both among those who seek to create an insurgency and those who seek to crush one, especially in manners of guerrilla warfare, at which Mao is popularly regarded as a genius. As an example, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) followed Mao's examples of guerrilla warfare to considerable political and military success even in the 21st century. Mao's major contribution to the military science is his theory of People\'s War
War
, with not only guerrilla warfare but more importantly, Mobile Warfare methodologies. Mao
Mao
had successfully applied Mobile Warfare in the Korean War, and was able to encircle, push back and then halt the UN forces in Korea, despite the clear superiority of UN firepower. Mao
Mao
also gave the impression that he might even welcome a nuclear war . Statue of Mao
Mao
in Lijiang

"Let us imagine how many people would die if war breaks out. There are 2.7 billion people in the world, and a third could be lost. If it is a little higher, it could be half ... I say that if the worst came to the worst and one-half dies, there will still be one-half left, but imperialism would be razed to the ground and the whole world would become socialist. After a few years there would be 2.7 billion people again"

But historians dispute the sincerity of Mao's words. Robert Service says that Mao
Mao
"was deadly serious," while Frank Dikötter claims that "He was bluffing ... the sabre-rattling was to show that he, not Khrushchev, was the more determined revolutionary."

Mao's poems and writings are frequently cited by both Chinese and non-Chinese. The official Chinese translation of President Barack Obama 's inauguration speech used a famous line from one of Mao's poems. Republican senator John McCain
John McCain
misattributed a campaign quote to Mao
Mao
several times during his 2008 presidential election bid, saying "Remember the words of Chairman Mao: 'It's always darkest before it's totally black.'"

The ideology of Maoism has influenced many Communists, mainly in the Third World , including revolutionary movements such as Cambodia
Cambodia
's Khmer Rouge
Khmer Rouge
, Peru
Peru
's Shining Path , and the Nepalese revolutionary movement . Under the influence of Mao's agrarian socialism and Cultural Revolution , Cambodia's Pol Pot conceived of his disastrous Year Zero policies which purged the nation of its teachers, artists and intellectuals and emptied its cities, resulting in the Cambodian Genocide .

The Revolutionary Communist Party, USA also claims Marxism–Leninism- Maoism as its ideology, as do other Communist Parties around the world which are part of the Revolutionary Internationalist Movement . China
China
itself has moved sharply away from Maoism since Mao's death, and most people outside of China
China
who describe themselves as Maoist regard the Deng Xiaoping
Deng Xiaoping
reforms to be a betrayal of Maoism, in line with Mao's view of "Capitalist roaders " within the Communist Party.

As the Chinese government instituted free market economic reforms starting in the late 1970s and as later Chinese leaders took power, less recognition was given to the status of Mao. This accompanied a decline in state recognition of Mao
Mao
in later years in contrast to previous years when the state organised numerous events and seminars commemorating Mao's 100th birthday. Nevertheless, the Chinese government has never officially repudiated the tactics of Mao. Deng Xiaoping, who was opposed to the Great Leap Forward
Great Leap Forward
and the Cultural Revolution, has to a certain extent rejected Mao's legacy, famously saying that Mao
Mao
was "70% right and 30% wrong".

In the mid-1990s, Mao
Mao
Zedong's picture began to appear on all new renminbi (人民幣) currency from the People's Republic of China. This was officially instituted as an anti-counterfeiting measure as Mao's face is widely recognised in contrast to the generic figures that appear in older currency. On March 13, 2006, a story in the _People\'s Daily _ reported that a proposal had been made to print the portraits of Sun Yat-sen and Deng Xiaoping.

In 2006, the government in Shanghai
Shanghai
issued a new set of high school history textbooks which omit Mao, with the exception of a single mention in a section on etiquette. Students in Shanghai
Shanghai
now only learn about Mao
Mao
in junior high school.

PUBLIC IMAGE

Mao
Mao
gave contradicting statements on the subject of personality cults . In 1955, as a response to the Khrushchev Report that criticised Joseph Stalin , Mao
Mao
stated that personality cults are "poisonous ideological survivals of the old society", and reaffirmed China's commitment to collective leadership . But at the 1958 Party congress in Chengdu, Mao
Mao
expressed support for the personality cults of people whom he labelled as genuinely worthy figures; not those that expressed "blind worship".

In 1962, Mao
Mao
proposed the Socialist Education Movement (SEM) in an attempt to educate the peasants to resist the "temptations" of feudalism and the sprouts of capitalism that he saw re-emerging in the countryside from Liu's economic reforms. Large quantities of politicised art were produced and circulated — with Mao
Mao
at the centre. Numerous posters, badges and musical compositions referenced Mao
Mao
in the phrase "Chairman Mao
Mao
is the red sun in our hearts" (毛主席是我們心中的紅太陽, _Máo Zhǔxí Shì Wǒmen Xīnzhōng De Hóng Tàiyáng_) and a "Savior of the people" (人民的大救星, _Rénmín De Dà Jiùxīng_).

In October 1966, Mao's _Quotations from Chairman Mao
Mao
Tse-tung _, which was known as the _Little Red Book_ was published. Party members were encouraged to carry a copy with them and possession was almost mandatory as a criterion for membership. Over the years, Mao's image became displayed almost everywhere, present in homes, offices and shops. His quotations were typographically emphasised by putting them in boldface or red type in even the most obscure writings. Music from the period emphasised Mao's stature, as did children's rhymes. The phrase "Long Live Chairman Mao
Mao
for ten thousand years " was commonly heard during the era. Visitors wait in line to enter the Mao Zedong Mausoleum

Mao
Mao
also has a presence in China
China
and around the world in popular culture, where his face adorns everything from T-shirts to coffee cups. Mao's granddaughter, Kong Dongmei, defended the phenomenon, stating that "it shows his influence, that he exists in people's consciousness and has influenced several generations of Chinese people's way of life. Just like Che Guevara\'s image , his has become a symbol of revolutionary culture." Since 1950, over 40 million people have visited Mao's birthplace in Shaoshan , Hunan.

GENEALOGY

ANCESTORS

His ancestors were:

* Máo Yíchāng (毛貽昌, born Xiangtan October 15, 1870, died Shaoshan January 23, 1920), father, courtesy name Máo Shùnshēng (毛順生) or also known as Mao
Mao
Jen-sheng * Wén Qīmèi (文七妹, born Xiangxiang 1867, died October 5, 1919), mother. She was illiterate and a devout Buddhist. She was a descendant of Wen Tianxiang
Wen Tianxiang
. * Máo Ēnpǔ (毛恩普, born May 22, 1846, died November 23, 1904), paternal grandfather * née Luó (羅氏), paternal grandmother (given name not recorded)

* Máo Zǔrén (毛祖人), paternal great-grandfather

WIVES

Mao
Mao
with Jiang Qing
Jiang Qing
and daughter Li Na , 1940s

Mao
Mao
Zedong had four wives who gave birth to a total of 10 children. They were:

* Luo Yixiu (羅一秀, October 20, 1889 – 1910) of Shaoshan : married 1907 to 1910 * Yang Kaihui (楊開慧, 1901–1930) of Changsha : married 1921 to 1927, executed by the KMT in 1930; mother to Mao
Mao
Anying , Mao
Mao
Anqing, and Mao
Mao
Anlong * He Zizhen (賀子珍, 1910–1984) of Jiangxi: married May 1928 to 1939; mother to Mao
Mao
Anhong, Li Min , and four other children * Jiang Qing
Jiang Qing
(江青, 1914–1991), married 1939 to Mao's death; mother to Li Na

SIBLINGS

He had several siblings:

* Mao Zemin (毛澤民, 1895–1943), younger brother, executed by a warlord * Mao Zetan (毛澤覃, 1905–1935), younger brother, executed by the KMT * Mao Zejian (毛澤建, 1905–1929), adopted sister, executed by the KMT

Mao
Mao
Zedong's parents altogether had five sons and two daughters. Two of the sons and both daughters died young, leaving the three brothers Mao
Mao
Zedong, Mao
Mao
Zemin, and Mao
Mao
Zetan. Like all three of Mao
Mao
Zedong's wives, Mao Zemin and Mao Zetan were communists. Like Yang Kaihui, both Zemin and Zetan were killed in warfare during Mao
Mao
Zedong's lifetime.

Note that the character _zé_ (澤) appears in all of the siblings' given names. This is a common Chinese naming convention.

From the next generation, Zemin's son, Mao
Mao
Yuanxin , was raised by Mao
Mao
Zedong's family. He became Mao
Mao
Zedong's liaison with the Politburo in 1975. In Li Zhisui's _ The Private Life of Chairman Mao _, Mao Yuanxin played a role in the final power-struggles.

CHILDREN

Mao
Mao
Zedong had a total of ten children, including:

* Mao
Mao
Anying (毛岸英, 1922–1950): son to Yang, married to Liú Sīqí (劉思齊), who was born Liú Sōnglín (劉松林), killed in action during the Korean War * Mao
Mao
Anqing (毛岸青, 1923–2007): son to Yang, married to Shao Hua (邵華), grandson Mao
Mao
Xinyu (毛新宇), great-grandson Mao Dongdong * Mao
Mao
Anlong (1927–1931): son to Yang, died during the Chinese Civil War
War
* Mao
Mao
Anhong (1932–1935?): son to He, left to Mao's younger brother Zetan and then to one of Zetan's guards when he went off to war, was never heard of again * Li Min (李敏, b. 1936): daughter to He, married to Kǒng Lìnghuá (孔令華), son Kǒng Jìníng (孔繼寧), daughter Kǒng Dōngméi (孔冬梅) * Li Na (李訥, Pinyin: Lĭ Nà, b. 1940): daughter to Jiang (whose birth surname was Lǐ, a name also used by Mao
Mao
while evading the KMT), married to Wáng Jǐngqīng (王景清), son Wáng Xiàozhī (王效芝)

Mao's first and second daughters were left to local villagers because it was too dangerous to raise them while fighting the Kuomintang and later the Japanese. Their youngest daughter (born in early 1938 in Moscow after Mao
Mao
separated) and one other child (born 1933) died in infancy. Two English researchers who retraced the entire Long March route in 2002–2003 located a woman whom they believe might well be one of the missing children abandoned by Mao
Mao
to peasants in 1935. Ed Jocelyn and Andrew McEwen hope a member of the Mao
Mao
family will respond to requests for a DNA test.

Through his ten children, Mao
Mao
became grandfather to twelve grandchildren, many of whom he never knew. He has many great-grandchildren alive today. One of his granddaughters is businesswoman Kong Dongmei, one of the richest people in China
China
and mother to three of Mao's great-grandchildren. His grandson Mao
Mao
Xinyu (Kong's half-brother), father of two, is a general in the Chinese army, and is often ridiculed for his weight within China.

PERSONAL LIFE

Mao
Mao
Zedong and Zhang Yufeng in 1964

Mao's private life was very secretive at the time of his rule. However, after Mao's death, Li Zhisui , his personal physician, published _ The Private Life of Chairman Mao _, a memoir which mentions some aspects of Mao's private life, such as chain-smoking cigarettes, rare bathing or dental habits, laziness, addiction to sleeping pills and large number of sexual partners. Some scholars and some other people who also personally knew and worked with Mao, however, have disputed the accuracy of these characterisations.

Having grown up in Hunan
Hunan
, Mao
Mao
spoke Mandarin with a marked Hunanese accent. Ross Terrill noted Mao
Mao
was a "son of the soil ... rural and unsophisticated" in origins, while Clare Hollingworth asserted he was proud of his "peasant ways and manners", having a strong Hunanese accent and providing "earthy" comments on sexual matters. Lee Feigon noted that Mao's "earthiness" meant that he remained connected to "everyday Chinese life."

Sinologist Stuart Schram emphasised Mao's ruthlessness, but also noted that he showed no sign of taking pleasure in torture or killing in the revolutionary cause. Lee Feigon considered Mao
Mao
"draconian and authoritarian" when threatened, but opined that he was not the "kind of villain that his mentor Stalin was". Alexander Pantsov and Steven I. Levine claimed that Mao
Mao
was a "man of complex moods", who "tried his best to bring about prosperity and gain international respect" for China, being "neither a saint nor a demon." They noted that in early life, he strived to be "a strong, wilful, and purposeful hero, not bound by any moral chains", and that he "passionately desired fame and power".

WRITINGS AND CALLIGRAPHY

Mao's calligraphy : a bronze plaque of a poem by Li Bai
Li Bai
. (Chinese : 白帝城毛澤東手書李白詩銅匾

Mao
Mao
was a prolific writer of political and philosophical literature. He is the attributed author of _Quotations from Chairman Mao
Mao
Tse-tung _, known in the West as the "Little Red Book" and in Cultural Revolution
Revolution
China
China
as the "Red Treasure Book" (紅寶書): first published in January 1964, this is a collection of short extracts from his many speeches and articles, edited by Lin Biao and ordered topically. Mao
Mao
wrote several other philosophical treatises, both before and after he assumed power. These include:

* _ On Guerrilla Warfare _ (《游擊戰》); 1937 * _ On Practice _ (《實踐論》); 1937 * _ On Contradiction _ (《矛盾論》); 1937 * _ On Protracted War _ (《論持久戰》); 1938 * _In Memory of Norman Bethune _ (《紀念白求恩》); 1939 * _On New Democracy _ (《新民主主義論》); 1940 * _Talks at the Yan\'an Forum on Literature and Art _ (《在延安文藝座談會上的講話》); 1942 * _ Serve the People _ (《為人民服務》); 1944 * _The Foolish Old Man Who Removed the Mountains_ (《愚公移山》); 1945 * _On the Correct Handling of the Contradictions Among the People_ (《正確處理人民內部矛盾問題》); 1957

Mao
Mao
was also a skilled Chinese calligrapher with a highly personal style. In China, Mao
Mao
was considered a master calligrapher during his lifetime. His calligraphy can be seen today throughout mainland China. His work gave rise to a new form of Chinese calligraphy called "Mao-style" or _Maoti_, which has gained increasing popularity since his death. There currently exist various competitions specialising in Mao-style calligraphy.

LITERARY WORKS

Main article: Poetry of Mao
Mao
Zedong Mao's calligraphy of his poem "Qingyuanchun Changsha"

As did most Chinese intellectuals of his generation, Mao's education began with Chinese classical literature . Mao
Mao
told Edgar Snow in 1936 that he had started the study of the Confucian Analects
Analects
and the Four Books at a village school when he was eight, but that the books he most enjoyed reading were _ Water Margin _, _ Journey to the West _, the _ Romance of the Three Kingdoms _ and _ Dream of the Red Chamber _. Mao published poems in classical forms starting in his youth and his abilities as a poet contributed to his image in China
China
after he came to power in 1949. His style was influenced by the great Tang dynasty poets Li Bai
Li Bai
and Li He .

Some of his most well-known poems are _ Changsha _ (1925), _The Double Ninth _ (1929.10), _Loushan Pass_ (1935), _The Long March_ (1935), _Snow _ (1936), _The PLA Captures Nanjing
Nanjing
_ (1949), _Reply to Li Shuyi_ (1957.05.11) and _Ode to the Plum Blossom_ (1961.12).

PORTRAYAL IN FILM AND TELEVISION

Mao
Mao
has been portrayed in film and television numerous times. Some notable actors include: Han Shi, the first actor ever to have portrayed Mao, in a 1978 drama _Dielianhua_ and later again in a 1980 film _Cross the Dadu River_; Gu Yue , who had portrayed Mao
Mao
84 times on screen throughout his 27-year career and had won the Best Actor title at the Hundred Flowers Awards in 1990 and 1993; Liu Ye , who played a young Mao
Mao
in _ The Founding of a Party _ (2011); Tang Guoqiang , who has frequently portrayed Mao
Mao
in more recent times, in the films _The Long March_ (1996) and _ The Founding of a Republic _ (2009), and the television series _Huang Yanpei _ (2010), among others. Mao
Mao
is a principal character in American composer John Adams ' opera _Nixon in China
China
_ (1987). The Beatles
The Beatles
' song "Revolution" refers to Mao: "...but if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao
Mao
you ain't going to make it with anyone anyhow..."; John Lennon
John Lennon
expressed regret over including these lines in the song in 1972.

MAO AND TIBET

See also: Sinicization of Tibet
Tibet

After Mao
Mao
Zedong won the Chinese civil war in 1949, his goal became the unification of the "five nationalities" under the big family, the People's Republic of China, and under a single political system, the Communist Party of China. Aware of Mao's vision, the Tibetan government in Lhasa sent a representative, Ngabo , to Chamdo , Kham , a strategically high valued town near the border. Ngabo had orders to hold the position while reinforcements were coming from the Lhasa and fight off the Chinese. On October 16, 1950, news came that the People's Liberation Army was advancing towards Chamdo and had also taken another strategic town named, Riwoche, which could block the route to Lhasa. With new orders, Ngabo and his men retreated to a monastery where the People's Liberation Army finally surrounded and captured them, though they were treated with respect. Ngabo wrote to Lhasa suggesting a peaceful surrender instead of war. During the negotiation, the Chinese negotiator laid the cards straight on the table, "It is up to you to choose whether Tibet
Tibet
would be liberated peacefully or by force. It is only a matter of sending a telegram to the PLA group to recommence their march to Lhasa." Ngabo accepted Mao's "Seventeen-Point Agreement ", which constituted Tibet
Tibet
as part of the People's Republic China, in return for which Tibet
Tibet
would be granted autonomy . In the face of discouraging lack of support from the rest of the world, the Dalai Lama on August 1951, sent a telegram to Mao
Mao
accepting the Seventeen-Point Agreement. However the delegates signing the agreement were forced to do so and the Tibetan's Government's seal used was forged.

SEE ALSO

* _Biography portal * China
China
portal * Communism
Communism
portal

* Chairman Mao
Mao
badge * Chinese tunic suit * Mao\'s Great Famine
Famine
_ * _ Mao
Mao
Tse-tung: Ruler of Red China
China
_ * Women in Communist China
China

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* ^ Heavy smoker:

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FURTHER READING

* Anita M. Andrew; John A. Rapp (January 1, 2000). _Autocracy and China\'s Rebel Founding Emperors: Comparing Chairman Mao
Mao
and Ming Taizu_. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 110–. ISBN 978-0-8476-9580-5 . * Carter, Peter (1976). _Mao_. London: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0192731401 . * Chang, Jung ; Halliday, Jon (2005). _Mao: The Unknown Story_. London: Jonathan Cape. ISBN 978-0-224-07126-0 . * Davin, Delia (2013). _Mao: A Very Short Introduction_. Oxford UP. ISBN 9780191654039 . * Dikötter, Frank (2010). _Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958–62_. London: Walker & Company. ISBN 0-8027-7768-6 . * Feigon, Lee (2002). _Mao: A Reinterpretation_. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee. ISBN 978-1-56663-458-8 . * Gao, Mobo (2008). _The Battle for China's Past: Mao
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and the Cultural Revolution_. London: Pluto Press. ISBN 978-0-7453-2780-8 . * Hollingworth, Clare (1985). _ Mao
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and the Men Against Him_. London: Jonathan Cape. ISBN 978-0224017602 . * Li, Zhisui (1994). _The Private Life of Chairman Mao: The Memoirs of Mao's Personal Physician_. London: Random House. ISBN 978-0679764434 . * MacFarquhar, Roderick ; Schoenhals, Michael (2006). _Mao's Last Revolution_. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0674027480 . * Pantsov, Alexander V.; Levine, Steven I. (2012). _Mao: The Real Story_. New York and London: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1-4516-5447-9 . * Schaik, Sam (2011). _Tibet: A History_. New Haven: Yale University Press Publications. ISBN 978-0-300-15404-7 . * Schram, Stuart (1966). _ Mao
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* Spence, Jonathan (1999). _ Mao
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Zedong_. Penguin Lives. New York: Viking Press . ISBN 978-0-670-88669-2 . OCLC
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41641238 . Lay summary (February 6, 2000). * Kuisong, Yang (March 2008). "Reconsidering the Campaign to Suppress Counterrevolutionaries" (PDF). _The China
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