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Author Walder, Andrew G. (Andrew George), 1953-

Title China under Mao : a revolution derailed / Andrew G. Walder.

Publication Info. Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2015.


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 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    951.05 WAL    Available
Description xiv, 413 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Summary "China Under Mao narrates the rise and fall of the Maoist revolutionary state from 1949 to 1976. Andrew G. Walder argues that Mao's China was defined by two distinctive institutions: a Party apparatus that exercised firm discipline over its members; and a socialist economy modeled after the Soviet Union. Although a large bureaucracy had oversight of this authoritarian system, Mao intervened at every turn. The doctrines and political organization that produced Mao's greatest achievements--victory in the civil war, the creation of China's first modern state, a historic transformation of urban and rural life--also generated his worst failures: the industrial depression and rural famine of the Great Leap Forward and the destruction and stagnation of the Cultural Revolution. Misdiagnosing China's problems as capitalist restoration and prescribing continuing class struggle against imaginary enemies, Mao ruined much of what he had built and created no viable alternative"--Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 377-398) and index.
Contents Funeral -- From movement to regime -- Rural revolution -- Urban revolution -- The socialist economy -- The evolving party system -- Thaw and backlash -- Great leap -- Toward the Cultural Revolution -- Fractured rebellion -- Collapse and division -- Military rule -- Discord and dissent -- The Mao era in retrospect.
Subject China -- Politics and government -- 1949-1976.
China -- History -- Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976.
China -- Economic policy -- 1949-1976.
Mao, Zedong, 1893-1976 -- Political and social views.
Mao, Zedong, 1893-1976 -- Influence.
Zhongguo gong chan dang -- History -- 20th century.
Communism -- China -- History -- 20th century.
Social problems -- China -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 9780674058156 (alkaline paper)
0674058151 (alkaline paper)

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