Shaun Breslin Mao (Profiles in Power)

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Mao (Profiles in Power)

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Here is an authoritative reappraisal of one of the most controversial shapers of the modern world. Crisply and accessibly written for non-specialists, it explores how Mao established a communist party state across mainland China in 1949, in the face of apparently insurmountable odds; and what he did as its leader in the years that followed. The "Profiles" format - short, analytical, explanatory - is ideally suited to the task.

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Mao

1999 saw the 50th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

This introduction to the life and career of Mao Zedong looks back over 50 years to show how Mao established a communist party state across mainland China in 1949 in the face of apparently insurmountable odds, and what he did as its leader in the years that followed.

Shaun Breslin's lucid introduction analyses Mao from a number of angles:

as revoultionary general

as founder and leader of the world's largest nation for almost 30 years

as ideologist

as astute and often brutal political manipulator

and ultimately, as victim of his own obsession with power.

Shaun Breslin shows how Mao was driven by a determination to ensure that his revolutionary radicalism would outlive him, and how, ironically, his actions were so extreme that they undermined it - Maoism and Mao's China died with him in 1976.

Undoubtedly the best introduction to modern Chinese history and its enigmatic protagonist.

Shaun Breslin is Reader in Politics at the University of Warwick, and
convenor of the China Research programme at Chatham House. He is author of China in the 1980s: Centre-Province Relations in a Reforming Socialist State and Comparative Government and Politics: An Introduction.

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