• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Mao's Hundred Flowers Essay

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

History Was the 'Hundreds Flowers' campaign a genuine attempt to allow more freedom or a clever ruse to trap critics of Mao? In 1956 Mao Zedong started a campaign to allow more freedom within his communist regime in China. However in a year the campaign had been cancelled, and replaced by a 'anti-rightist campaign'. Was this just a clever trap to allow Mao to see his critics? Or was it a genuine attempt to allow the Chinese people more freedom? Many historians have argued either way. In 1956 Mao thought it was time to allow more freedom, and allow great expression of thoughts. ...read more.

Middle

However by losing the Russian advisers he needed to allow the Chinese intellectuals to have some more freedom to inspire them to continue the work the Russians were doing beforehand. Stalin died in 1953, and when Nikita Khrushchev came to power he slammed Stalin, and when Mao saw this he could see the same happening to him in China. Therefore to stop this happening Mao allowed criticism within his own party so he did not become like Stalin. This helped make himself less like Stalin too. Another possible reason for Mao to make a genuine to attempt to give more freedom was that he was getting suspicious of a Military Coup. ...read more.

Conclusion

The Government fell quickly and Russia had to send in troops to regain control. Mao did not want the same happening in China, therefore allowing people to openly criticises the regime he could see the people who could be willing to start an uprising. He mainly expected this to come from the intellectuals of China. When Mao cancelled the Hundred Flowers campaign in 1957, many thought it was a clever trap to allow Mao to find out his enemies within the state, however after studying the evidence, I feel Mao had made a genuine attempt to give more freedom within China. However, when he saw how much people did not agree with his policies, he panicked and removed the Hundred Flowers campaign, and decided to send the opposition to re-education centres. Andy Smith ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Other Historical Periods section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Other Historical Periods essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Extended Essay: Bismarck and The Unification of Germany

    5 star(s)

    However, in 1864, Denmark attempted to annex these areas, one of which, Holstein, was a member of the Bund. Bismarck showed his initiative and was quick to react. Realising an opportunity to show his support of unification and to demonstrate the success of the army reforms.

  2. The Enlightenment Essay

    Diderot, like the scientists of the Scientific Revolution, believed that by using the tools or methods of science, one could understand anything in the world. Diderot placed religion under scientific scrutiny, that is, religion was not something that provided definitive answers, and rather, science and reason were.

  1. Mideival Outline Essay

    A part of the indigenous population was killed but the vast majority merged with the new settlers which resulted in formation of new ethnic groups. The High Middle Ages: The Church, Knighthood, and The Crusades After this period of backward thinking and general decline, emerges the High Middle Ages, named

  2. Civilisation. In this essay, we shall attempt to examine the earliest examples of ...

    In early Egypt, at very least, l'estate c'est moi certainly applies; it is very likely so in the other cradles of civilisation, with justice being doled out by personal decision of the king or his adjutants, on a case-by-case basis.

  1. The Death of Mao

    - This began a relaxation of cultural policy and western orchestras were allowed to visit. - In 1973 exams were reintroduced as a means for entering universities. After Lin Biao * The Radicals - Zhang Chunqiao, not Zhou Enlai hosted Nixon's visit.

  2. The structures of the Soviet State were created by Lenin and abused by Stalin. ...

    terror, allowing defeated Menshevik leaders to emigrate; refraining from killing his own men; and having the excuse of a Civil War threatening the Russian regime, Stalin had no qualms about killing old Bolsheviks, his own men and sending troops abroad to kill Trotsky.

  1. The Colosseum essay

    This was made from sand lime and water but a chalk mortar could also be made up. When it came to concrete the Romans had many different types for different uses. The normal concrete was lime, sand and water but different materials could be added to create different qualities for the concrete.

  2. South African Heritage - Where we come from?

    They claim that the mystery people would be identified by analyzing written and oral accounts. Activity 3 1) There were over 200,000 slaves altogether at the Cape. Why do you think that those listed in Source H were selected for commemoration?

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work