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Mao Zedong and China's Revolutions: A Brief History with Documents
Whether one views Mao Zedong as a hero or a demon, the "Great Helmsman" was undoubtedly a pivotal figure in the history of 20th-century China. The first part of this volume is an introductory essay that traces the history of 20th-century China, from Mao's early career up to the Chinese Communist Party's victory in 1949, through three decades of revolution, to Mao's death I ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 29th 2002 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published May 16th 2002)
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A collection of Mao Zedong's writings from the beginning of his career through the Cultural Revolution. In addition, there is a section on interpreting Mao and his legacy, from Edgar Snow's interview with him in the 1930s to Mao's impact in the 1990s. It's a decent resource for Mao's works, a primer of sorts, since it doesn't include the full text for a couple of the documents. I didn't personally find the interpretive documents to be particularly useful, but they are good for context.
Decent collection of primary source material, but the editor is in my opinion far too positive in his treatment of Mao. Also I'm totally burnt out on 20th century (especially totalitarian) history, so this wasn't my thing, only read it because of a class.