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The Legacy of Mao Zedong

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The Legacy of Mao Zedong Mao Zedong is the best leader China has ever seen. His dramatic life, his political affluence, and his military leadership have influenced generations of people. His policies and actions have had many effects on China, and the Chinese people are still feeling them today. He was a man of many ideas, both good and bad, and the Chinese government enforced most of his ideas. Most importantly, he led China out of years of war and struggle, and he did an excellent job of keeping the peace while in office. Mao Zedong: a great man in history. Mao was born to a peasant family in Shaoshan, a village in Hunan Province, on December 6th, 1893. He attended a junior normal school, and received only a limited knowledge in science and foreign language. What he did learn, though, was a very articulate writing style and considerable comprehension of social problems, Chinese history, and world affairs. In 1918, he worked briefly as a library worker at the National Beijing University. ...read more.

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While the Nationalist armies were being driven away from the coast during the war, Mao organized many guerrilla warfare troops to help fight the Japanese and spread Communism. By 1945, the Communists controlled an area with nearly 100 million Chinese peasants. After the war ended in 1946, the fighting between the Communists and the Nationalists resumed in Manchuria, a northeastern province. After a long, hard fight, the communists won the war and gained control of China in 1949. The remaining members of the Nationalist party fled to Taiwan, to regroup and attempt a re-invasion, although this has never happened. Mao was appointed chairman of the newly established communist government. On October 1st, 1949, Mao declared the People's Republic of China. At age 56, Mao was the leader of the most powerful political party in Chinese history. While Mao was not the only leader in the Chinese Communist Party, most of the ideals and philosophies to come out of the CCP were the work of Mao. Mao molded the Chinese people into a tightly controlled society at lightning speed; more quickly than any political analysts thought possible. ...read more.

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"A revolution is not the same as inviting people to dinner, or writing as essay, or painting a picture. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another," (Mao Zedong). In 1966, Mao encouraged the army to seek out and prosecute counter-revolutionaries in positions of power. He formed the red guards, groups of young students and peasants, who would promote Communist ideals and root-out counter-revolutionaries. This time is what was known as the Cultural Revolution, which ended with Mao's death, on September 9th, 1976, after a long, lingering illness. Mao accomplished many great things for China during his 27-year political affluence. He organized the peasants, equally distributed the wealth, and generally improved life for the common people in China. He helped lead the Chinese to victory over the Japanese. His Communist philosophies are still in effect today, and he is still looked upon religiously by the Chinese people. Although the Great Leap Forward was a mistake, it was one of the only ones Mao ever made. He inspired many young people during the Cultural Revolution, and helped rid the country of the counter-revolutionaries. Mao Zedong is the best leader China has ever seen. ...read more.

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