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China was in a state of rapid decline during the 1940's. In-secure, Crime, Lack of basic human rights, unemployment, gangs and over populated are just some of the words used to describe the state of which china was in. But China was looking for a new leader. Someone to change china's image and to get them going forward. Was This The Man China We Looking For? His name was Mao Zedong,the son of a peasant farmer. He was born in Chaochan, China, in 1893 and died in 1976. He grew up working as a library assistant at Peking University and served in the revolutionary army during the 1911 Chinese Revolution. Mao wanted to change the face of china. He was inspired by the Russian Revolution. Mao wanted to adopt the idea of the Russian president Lein. He wanted China to become a communist country. This meant everything was shared and that no one owned anything. China was facing a massive problem with poverty already. ...read more.

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But was this all it was made out to be? Well because all of the peasants were making steel instead of farming, Mao's campaign backfired. Huge amounts of starvation swept across regions of china. It killed millions of peasants. Not a great start for Mao. If this wasn't enough, Mao still wanted the so called " Great leap forward" to occur. People of china were brainwashed into going along with Mao's plan. Mao was a very powerful man. He had effectively taken a great leap backwards! But he was very clever in what he did. He had so many followers throughout the population of china that it didn't matter what he did. People were scared to speak out because of the ruthlessness of the man. He wanted HIS china not anyone else's. Stories such as one of Mao organising killings of people who spoke out were becoming common. People were simply too scared to say anything. The people of China were being brainwashed, but they didn't realise it. ...read more.

Conclusion

Corporations saw an untapped wealth of 2 billion people, then wheeled and dealt with the greed of Chinese officials. Western civilisation thrived on modern day china, setting up cheap labour on china. The thought of western world even being introduced never mind taking over china would disgust the thought of Mao. The Chinese population of Mao's generation were sad but had to accept the change throughout china. For the old China it really was Goodbye. I think that people that are living in china today would be happier than the China by Mao, Although the old China had more structure to it I think the modern day China would be a better place to live. It has more freedom than the old China and has inherited ideas from the western world which benefit modern China. But because Of the " Get rich campaign" there is still much variance across china in terms of wealth. Because it has so much industry the wealth is spread unevenly. There are many millionaires in China today but still there is much poverty. I think the modern day person would be happier in modern day china rather than china created by Mao. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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