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I'm currently revising Mao and looking back at my notes, it seems I have little information on him (probably because of my terrible history teacher) 

My new teacher has given us textbooks on Mao but its pretty rubbish at telling you the important things. Thus I was wondering whether any of you have any websites/resources where I could find some information on Mao (his rise, domestic and foreign policies etc.)

Thanks :) 

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A useful approach for some topics can be to first look at the entry for the subject in Wikipedia. The information there may be quite limited (and sometimes of questionable reliability!), but the articles normally include references to many other more comprehensive books or online resources.

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China and Mao

Manchu= last Chinese dynasty

Dr. Sun= 1st governor in China

Kuo Min Tang= the nationalist party in the Chinese revolution. Leaders were middle class

Kung Ch’an Tang= Communist party People’s Daily= a newspaper, control of the media Mao used.

The Great Leap Forward= Mao’s 2nd Five Year Plan in it there was a land reform and an intensive production. It caused famine and Mao lost power.

Cultural Revolution= Mao’s attempt to regain power, personality cult.

Little Red Book= A book that contained Mao’s quotations and every citizen should carry a copy during the Cultural Revolution in China.

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Try researching some of the following key words for Mao's rise to power (in no particular order):

Sunyi Conference, Shanghai Massacre, Long March, 21 Bolsheviks, Jianxi Soviet, Yan'an Soviet, Overthrowing of the Qing Dynasty, Formation of CCP, First United Front (against warlords), Second United Front (against Japanese), Chinese Civil war (1946-1949), Establishment of the PCR (1st October 1949)

Basically why did the GMD (Guomindang/ KMT) lose support: ignored peasants, disjointed leadership, failure to obtain weapons from manchuria in 1945, low morale and many soldiers defecting during the Civil War, no means of opposing guerilla warfare even with much larger army force, loss of financial support by the US in 1948, infavourable perception of society that they were unwilling to fight the greater issue of the Japanese instead rather aimed at destroying the internal enemy (CCO),....

Then why did the CCP gain support: propaganda, cult of personality of mao, gain of peasant support during long march, improvement of conditions, mao's ability to relate to the peasants (coming from countryside as well), guerilla warfare tactics, weapons from manchuria, jointed leadership,....

Regarding Mao's rule look into the following things:

  • Marriage Reform and Agricultural Reform Law
  • 3 and 5 Antis to fight corruption
  • First and Second Five Year Plan (Great Leap Forward)
  • 100 Flowers Campaign and Anti-Rightist Movement
  • Socialist Education Movement
  • Great Proletariat Cultural Revolution

Historians to look into regarding Chinese history:

Lee Feigon, Meisner, Fenby, Chan Hang-sen,...

Resources to adress:

History 20th Century World: Authoritarian and Single-Party States (Pearson Baccalaureate)


http://www.hodderplu...ina-1930-76.pdf (CHECK THIS OUT)





Just google his name and there will be loads of stuff.

also check youtube for some documentaries. i always find documentaries a great way to consolidate what you have learnt because you are able to remember things visually

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