China Under Mao: A Revolution Derailed

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China s Communist Party seized power in 1949 after a long period of guerrilla insurgency followed by full-scale war, but the Chinese revolution was just beginning. China Under Mao narrates the rise and fall of the Maoist revolutionary state from 1949 to 1976 an epoch of startling accomplishments and disastrous failures, steered by many forces but dominated above all by Mao Zedong.

Mao s China, Andrew Walder argues, was defined by two distinctive institutions established during the first decade of Communist Party rule: a Party apparatus that exercised firm (sometimes harsh) discipline over its members and cadres; and a socialist economy modeled after the Soviet Union. Although a large national bureaucracy had oversight of this authoritarian system, Mao intervened strongly 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 unified 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 violent destruction and stagnation of the Cultural Revolution.

Misdiagnosing China s problems as capitalist restoration and prescribing continuing class struggle against imaginary enemies as the solution, Mao ruined much of what he had built and created no viable alternative. At the time of his death, he left China backward and deeply divided.

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This is a masterful synthesis of the literature on Mao Zedong s China and of Walder s own extensive sociological research. He combines Mao-centered political history with close attention to the organizational characteristics of the Communist Party, which explain its responsiveness to Mao Zedong s often disastrous initiatives. In the author s view, Mao was a rigidly dogmatic leader with extremely narrow and outdated ideas. The book is replete with similarly incisive judgments. These will no doubt provoke controversy, but in the end, they are likely to be accepted. --Thomas P. Bernstein, Columbia University"

"There are those in China and abroad who allege that equality of livelihood was also a significant Maoist success. But the opposite was true and Walder convincingly shows that the effect of Maoist inequalities still distorts China today. Fascinatingly, in a world where the words China miracle are commonplace, Walder notes that while income inequality skyrocketed in post-Mao China , in the Maoist years grinding rural poverty was still widespread [...] In what will be a mind-opening book for many (and is a depressing reminder for others) Andrew Walder shows that in the decades after Mao, China began the long process of recovering from the damage of his misrule. " -- Spectator

"Andrew Walder s account of Mao s time in power is detailed, sophisticated and powerful [...] There is still much more to understand about the bond between Mao and the wider population. As we try to understand that bond, there will be few better guides than Andrew Walder s book. Sober, measured, meticulous in every deadly detail, it is an essential assessment of one of the world s most important revolutions. -- Times Literary Supplement

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Descrizione libro Harvard University Press, 2015. Condizione libro: New. China's Communist Party seized power in 1949 after a long guerrilla insurgency followed by full-scale war, but the revolution was just beginning. Andrew Walder narrates the rise and fall of the Maoist state from 1949 to 1976--an epoch of startling accomplishments and disastrous failures, steered by many forces but dominated above all by Mao Zedong. Num Pages: 427 pages, illustrations. BIC Classification: 1FPC; 3JJP; HBJF; HBLW3; JPA; JPFC; KCZ. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 248 x 166 x 35. Weight in Grams: 846. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . . Codice libro della libreria V9780674058156

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Descrizione libro Harvard University Press. Hardback. Condizione libro: new. BRAND NEW, China Under Mao, Andrew G. Walder, China s Communist Party seized power in 1949 after a long period of guerrilla insurgency followed by full-scale war, but the Chinese revolution was just beginning. China Under Mao "narrates the rise and fall of the Maoist revolutionary state from 1949 to 1976 an epoch of startling accomplishments and disastrous failures, steered by many forces but dominated above all by Mao Zedong. Mao s China, Andrew Walder argues, was defined by two distinctive institutions established during the first decade of Communist Party rule: a Party apparatus that exercised firm (sometimes harsh) discipline over its members and cadres; and a socialist economy modeled after the Soviet Union. Although a large national bureaucracy had oversight of this authoritarian system, Mao intervened strongly 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 unified 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 violent destruction and stagnation of the Cultural Revolution. Misdiagnosing China s problems as capitalist restoration and prescribing continuing class struggle against imaginary enemies as the solution, Mao ruined much of what he had built and created no viable alternative. At the time of his death, he left China backward and deeply divided.". Codice libro della libreria B9780674058156

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