Mao's China and After: A History of the People's Republic, Third Edition Maurice Meisner
Publisher: Free Press
The basic narrative of the great famine that hit the People's Republic around 1960 has been known outside China at least since Jasper Becker's groundbreaking 1996 account, Hungry Ghosts. Their marriage In a rare interview with China Daily, Kong Dongmei revealed that it was Mao who gave her the name Dongmei – after himself. A very sad time in China's history. In early 1966, Mao Zedong, the chairman of the Chinese Communist Party and the ruler of the People's Republic of China, faced a looming sense of crisis. Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition]. Mao says, “The People's Republic of China is founded today. [↩]; One reader commented here that developmentalism is not unique to Maoism. The average university student at this point is the child of people born after 1966. 1976) Chinese; chairman of the Chinese Communist party 1935 – 76, paramount leader of the People's Republic of China 1949 – 76 Mao Zedong was the single most influential figure in Chinese politics in the twentieth century. Kong Dongmei, the granddaughter of the founder of the People's Republic and his third wife He Zizhen, along with her husband Chen Dongsheng have the combined wealth of five billion yuan (US$815 million), putting them at number 242 in the annual ranking by the Guangdong-based New Fortune magazine. Mao proclaimed the establishment of the Peoples Republic of China on October 1, 1949. Even after his death, his legacy for Chinese politics was immense — indeed the continued use of the term "post-Mao" China to define the current epoch is testimony to his importance and standing. After two thousand years of an Imperial system of government, China was embarking on a journey of reinventing . On the other hand, the rapid recovery of China after the 2008 world economic crisis has given some Australian socialists a more favourable impression of China. This happened in Here is an extract of The Origins of the Cultural Revolution (Volume 2) written by the great scholar Roderick MacFarquhar: He ordered 300 copies of the third draft and 600 copies of the fifth draft to be printed and distributed for examination by the Beidaihe conferees. As I mentioned in another posting, Xi Jinping was nine years-old when he saw his father, Xi Zhongxun, then Vice-Premier of the People's Republic of China, unjustly purged by Mao. The new political system was called "new democracy". Maurice Meisner, Mao's China and After: A History of the People's Republic, Third Edition (New York: Free Press, 1999), 218-219. We must make China a modern industrialized state.” However, there would be many mistakes and much suffering during the next 27 years. To understand the complex reality of China today, we need to look at its history.