Mao Zedong

Standard Name: Mao Zedong
Used Form: Mao Tse-Tung
Used Form: Tse-Tung, Mao


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Intertextuality and Influence Ursula K. Le Guin
The idea for this book came from Mao Zedong 's extinguishing of Taoism in the Cultural Revolution in China.
Brown, Jeremy K. Ursula K. Le Guin. Chelsea House.
Occupation William Empson
He found himself teaching in primitive and personally dangerous conditions in distant universities, at least one a temporary, ad hoc organization—not only short of food but also teaching without books. He was the only European...
Textual Features Pearl S. Buck
Hilary Spurling calls this text, a favourite of Mao Zedong and the Communist Party , a hugely popular saga of resistance against a corrupt and unjust government by a band of thirteenth-century outlaws.
Spurling, Hilary. Pearl Buck in China. Simon and Schuster.
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Pearl S. Buck
The three daughters of present-day China might well remind readers of the three sons of Wang in The Good Earth trilogy, and Buck had begun with Letter from Peking, 1957, on a project of...
Travel Iris Murdoch
IM visited China for three weeks (her longest separation from her husband for twenty years) and observed the terrible effects of the Cultural Revolution, a decade which closed after Mao died in September 1976.
Conradi, Peter J. Iris Murdoch. A Life. HarperCollins.


25 November 1936: Japan and Germany signed the Anti-Comintern...

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25 November 1936

Japan and Germany signed the Anti-Comintern Pact, ostensibly to guard against the perceived threat of communism.

21 September 1949: Mao Zedong (or Mao Tse-tung), having prevailed...

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21 September 1949

Mao Zedong (or Mao Tse-tung), having prevailed in China's bitter civil war between Communists and nationalists, convened and spoke before a Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. The Chinese People's Republic was only ten days away.

1 October 1949: At Tiananmen Square in Beijing (Peking),...

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1 October 1949

At Tiananmen Square in Beijing (Peking), Mao Zedong (or Mao Tse-Tung) proclaimed the People's Republic of China.

Early 1958 to late 1960: Mao Tse-tung carried out in China the ironically-named...

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Early 1958 to late 1960

Mao Tse-tung carried out in China the ironically-named Great Leap Forward, forcibly converting the peasants to collective agriculture and collective living and eating.

August 1958: As part of China's collectivization programme...

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August 1958

As part of China's collectivization programme for agriculture, Mao Zedong decreed that peasants should build large collective dining halls, shower halls, nurseries, and old people's homes to take over the functions of the obsolete family.
Scott, James C. “Tyranny of the Ladle”. London Review of Books, Vol.
, No. 23, pp. 21-8.

January-April 1960: Most of those who died in China's cataclysmic...

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January-April 1960

Most of those who died in China's cataclysmic famine died in these months, with grain supplies exhausted and new crops not yet ripe.

1965: In China the movement which became the Cultural...

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In China the movement which became the Cultural Revolution was launched, apparently by Zhang Chunquiao and Jiang Qing (wife of Mao Zedong or Tse-tung ), aimed at first against senior Communist Party figures.

16 May 1966: A circular issued by Mao, leader of the ruling...

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16 May 1966

A circular issued by Mao , leader of the ruling Communist Party in China, launched the Cultural Revolution in order to introduce a new generation to class struggle. The young Red Guards were encouraged...

February 1972: US President Richard Nixon took the remarkable...

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February 1972

US President Richard Nixon took the remarkable step of visiting Beijing with Henry Kissinger for discussions with Communist Party Chairman Mao Tse-Tung , restoring relations between China and the USA.

9 September 1976: Mao Zedong (also known in the west as Mao...

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9 September 1976

Mao Zedong (also known in the west as Mao Tse-Tung) died in Beijing, in his eighties. His death was followed by a series of cataclysmic changes in the Chinese political system.


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