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The Political Thought of Mao Tse Tung - SCHRAM, Stuart R

Pelican, 1969, Paperback.
Condition: Good.

Today 'Mao Tse-tung's thought' reigns supreme in China, and its power is felt throughout the world. But do most of us know what he really does think, and has thought, in the course of a revolutionary career which now spans half a century? In this book Professor Schram looks behind the current concept of Mao Tse-tung's thought as a series of maxims enshrined in the little red book to examine the historical genesis of Mao's adaptation of Marxism to Chinese conditions. Covering Mao's concepts of ideology, social theory, guerrilla warfare and foreign relations, he analyses the multiple roots of his thinking: Marxism-Leninism, of course, but also the Chinese classics, Western liberalism, and Chinese nationalism, each modified by his own remarkable personality. This revised and updated edition of what has become a standard work on the subject, containing a fuller introduction and over thirty new texts, carries the discussion of Mao's theories and policies down to the end of 1968. While showing how, in various contexts, Mao has adapted himself to circumstances, it also emphasises the basic continuity of his approach to revolution, from Yenan to the conquest of power and from the 'Great Leap Forward' to the 'Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution'. Throughout all these developments the question remains posed: How far is communism an end for Mao, and how far a means to China's re-emergence as a great nation?


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