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Unformatted text preview: Ying 1 Ying (Alan) Sun EACS 4B Lily Wong Friday 9:00am to 10:00am Mao Zedong: The T ragic End of a Great Revolutionist Without a doubt, Mao Zedong was one of China's greatest revolutionaries. As a political figure, however, he did not fair as well. Mao Zedong divided the history of the Chinese Communist state into two eras: China in the hands of Mao and China after Mao. After winning the support of the Chinese people with his radical ideas and cementing the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) into place, “Mao Zedong wanted “revolution” to continue, even under his own government.” (Craig 164). In some ways, Mao was correct; the CCP had been faced with a tremendous amount of problems. Even so, the several insurrections of change that Mao spearheaded during 1949 to 1976 resulted in little productivity by the Chinese people when compared to those in countries outside of mainland China (e.g Taiwan and Hong Kong). The three long, chaotic periods of “revolution” included the first Five-Year Ying 2 Plan, the Great Leap Forward and the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. What started as a struggle for power in the CCP ended with a government left leaderless and a society left in ruins. To get a better sense of the impact of Mao Zedong's uncontrollable desire for advancement, one will need to better understand the events that led to his eventual downfall. In an attempt to industrialize a heavily agriculture based economy and induce societal growth, Mao Zedong proposed a Five-Year Plan in 1953. Following the model of the Soviet Union, Mao Zedong hoped that nurturing heavy industry along with costly modern technology will result in skyrocketing economic growth. With the help of the Soviet Union, the economy blossomed as numerous industries formed solid foundations and rural society underwent urbanization through “...land distribution and collectivization.” (Craig 166). Despite the success, CCP leaders grew increasingly concerned over the disproportionate output from agriculture....
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- Spring '08
- Mao Zedong, People's Republic of China, Deng Xiaoping, Communist Party of China, Cultural Revolution