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  • In 1949 the Chinese Communist Party, led by Chairman Mao Tse-tung (1893–1976), took power in China after defeating its nationalist opponents in the Chinese Civil War (1945–49).
  • In 1964, Quotations from Chairman Mao was published as a way to popularize Mao's philosophy and the principles of Maoist communism among army recruits and Chinese society. The text consists of quotations taken from Mao's speeches, articles, and other writings.
  • Quotations from Chairman Mao was printed and distributed in great numbers. It became known as the Little Red Book because it was printed in a pocket-sized edition with a red cover.
  • Quotations from Chairman Mao played a vital role in guiding the thought and actions of participants in the Cultural Revolution in China (1966–76) who sought to renew the spirit of the Chinese Revolution (1911–12) after a long economic depression and period of political stagnation.
  • The book was also widely distributed abroad and inspired revolutionary, anti-colonial, and anti-imperialist movements worldwide.
  • After Mao's death the distribution of his book dropped in China, and Mao's philosophy has been superseded in large part by subsequent Chinese leaders. It remains a vital text that simplifies and explains Mao's philosophy, or Mao Tse-tung Ssu-hsiang (literally, "Mao Tse-tung Thought").

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The text consists of a series of quotations from speeches, articles, and notes written by Chairman Mao Tse-tung (1893–1976), the Chinese revolutionary and Communist Party leader. These quotations are organized into themes and are intended to inspire and inform the Chinese people about the principles of communism and the goals of Mao's leadership.


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