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Winning Hearts and Minds

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Winning Hearts and Minds Tristan Goodbody During the Chinese civil war, the CCP or Chinese Communist Party had a very strong weapon against the KMT. This weapon that they used throughout the war was not one that inflicted physical damage, on the contrary. This weapon was able to gain the party support and in the end of the war complete control over China. The CCP leader Mao Zedong introduced the strategy of "winning hearts and minds". By this, Mao meant that if the CCP were able to gain the trust and overall loyalty of society, then they would win the now rampant civil war. The second Sino-Japanese War began in 1937 with the Japanese invasion of northern China. ...read more.


The image of priority that Mao had placed on saving and helping the people of china gained him immense support. The CCP's popularity had grown from an 300,000 in 1933 to an estimated 1.2 million in 1945. From the overall support that the CCP gained from Mao's concept of winning hearts and minds, more guerrilla operations began to take place and over time there were less and less Japanese for the party to fight. Mao saw the importance of educating society, and through his readings he continued to gain more and more support in rural China. While in Yan'an, Mao began to read Marxist and Leninist works and began giving lectures at party schools in which he spelled out his versions of Chinese history and Marxist theory. ...read more.


The Soviets had accepted the surrender of Japanese troops in Manchuria and turned over large stockpiles of Japanese weapons and ammunition to the CCP. Due to the weapon of winning hearts and minds, The CCP had gained a tremendous amount of support. It could be said that the civil war ended when World War II ended, as the KMT now had very few supporters. Mao and the CCP were controlling china until the end of the civil war in 1949 in which Mao declared the Peoples Republic of China. All of the triumphs and glory that was gained in the CCP during the Chinese civil war was all due to the fact that Mao had implemented the winning hearts and minds theory. His ability to see the needs of the people of China handed the overall control of China to the CCP on a silver platter. ...read more.

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