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Born on 26th December 1893 into a peasant family in Shaoshan, in
Hunan province, central China.
He trained as a teacher then moved to Beijing and worked in the
university library ­ read Marxist literature
He died on the 9th of September 1976…read more

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1921-became a founder member of the Chinese Communist Party and set up
a branch in Hunan
1923 ­ worked with the GMD to defeat warlords until 1927 when Chiang
Kai-shek launched an anti-communist purge.
Mao led his followers on the `Long March' (6,000 miles) to establish a new
They united again to defeat Japan (1937-1945) but straight after, the civil war
broke out…read more

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Communists won the civil war
1st of October 1949 = founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC)
Industry came under state ownership
Farmers began to be organised into collectives
All opposition was ruthlessly suppressed
known from his command in chief position in a guerrilla warfare on the
countryside of China
1958 Mao launched the `Great Leap Forward' ­ an attempt to introduce a
Chinese form on communism
= mass mobilisation of labour to improve agricultural and industrial
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1. Massive decline in agricultural and industrial production
2. Poor harvests
3. Famine
4. Deaths of millions
5. The policy was finally abandoned and Mao's position was
weakened…read more

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1966 - Launched the `Cultural Revolution' to re-assert his authority
Aimed to purge the country of `impure' elements + revive revolutionary spirit
One and a half million people died
Country's heritage was destroyed
1967 ­ Mao sent in the army to restore order
He attempted to build bridges with Japan,
Europe and the U.S.
1972 he was visited by the US president…read more

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A clear presentation on Mao's rise to power and key policies. It includes useful statistics and evaluation.

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