Mao's China and After: A History of the People's Republic

Mao's China and After: A History of the People's Republic
  • Hardcover
  • 608
  • Mao's China and After: A History of the People's Republic
  • Maurice J. Meisner
  • English
  • 09 May 2017
  • 0684856352

About the Author: Maurice J. Meisner

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10 thoughts on “Mao's China and After: A History of the People's Republic

  1. Arjun Ravichandran says:

    Perceptive analysis of the People s Republic of China, from a left wing though not uncritical standpoint The author, who was one of the leading Sinologists in the world, traces the origin of the generation of Chinese communist intellectuals, whose ranks included Mao Zedong, to the May 4th movement at the beginning of the century This movement, which had its source in the new Western ideas the conquerors brought with them, caused a section of China s youth to stridently question both the impe Perceptive analysis of the People s Republic of China, from a left wing though not uncritical standpoint The author, who was one of the leading Sinologists in the world, traces the origin of the generation of Chinese communist intellectuals, whose ranks included Mao Zedong, to the May 4th movement at the beginning of the century This movement, which had its source in the new Western ideas the conquerors brought with them, caused a section of China s youth to stridently question both the imperialist domination of their country, as well as what they perceived to be the inherent sickness and exploitativeness of their millennia old Confucian culture The May 4th radicals questioned both and sought to overthrow both it was not long before this rootless radicalism was eventually fused with Marxism, allowing both imperialism and the cruelty of traditional culture to be analyzed in aor less scientific way After this brief write up of the origins of Chinese communism, the author then dovetails into the next section the long and bitterly fought civil war between the Chinese Communist Party, and the Kuomintang the party of the bourgeoisie the author reveals how the Chinese communists were betrayed by Stalin, who was then ardently following the Socialism in One Country line The really interesting and meaty part of the book comes after the communists seized power, and unified the mainland for the first time inthan a century In a country with barely any proletariat, or for that matter, any real capitalist class that could fire the engines of industry, the communists had to do it all themselves This they did, to their great credit, industrializing the country and creating a unified nation state in preparation for the eventual transition to socialism The author examines the motivation and the reasoning behind such controversial initiatives like the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution the latter, in fact, gets a whole section a good one quarter of the text to itself The crucial point that many people forget about the early decades of Communist China, is how sincere the revolutionaries actually were they were sincerely attempting to both modernize China, as well as eventually transition to communism That this utopian project was forced to take place in one of the great underdeveloped backwaters of the world even worse than the Soviets at the time of their own revolution makes their achievements evenremarkable Mao Zedong emerges as a complex figure in the book Rather than being the murderous dictator that people love to malign, Mao emerges as a sincere and dedicated revolutionary who was not averse to asking the masses to rise up against the new state for he perceived that a new exploiting class the bureaucracy had emerged This, in a sentence, was nearly the entire motivation for his initiation of the Cultural Revolution Yet, he too was a man, and was prey to petty insecurities and the lust for power, that compromised his revolutionary credentials Unfortunately, after the death of Mao, the right wing counterrevolution led by Deng Xiaoping took root and rolled back nearly all of the Maoist initiatives, and led a full blown capitalist restoration while massively successful, the author notes that the socio economic relations of modern China resemble those of the pre revolutionary times, with exploitation, superstition and banal cruelties rife throughout the land All in all, this is a fantastic book which presumes no prior knowledge or understanding of China, or modern Chinese history with the only prerequisite perhaps being a very basic understanding of communism, and what it sets out to achieve and yet leaves one with a fairly thorough understanding of the history of the Chinese revolution, its triumphs, catastrophic failures, and tragic eventual defeat

  2. Rebekah Lewis says:

    Comprehensive and well written, this book will help you understand the root s of Mao s political regime and the changes chaos he spread and encouraged through the modernization of China This is a textbook of sorts, but it is written well enough that you won t fall asleep Read this if You re into Chinese history confused curious about Mao era China You like learning how modern countries developed

  3. TG Lin says:

    Meisner 1890

  4. Mark says:

    Good overall book for getting an understanding of recent Chinese history There are parts I wanted to knowabout, especially during the civil war, but I think that s a topic for another book The book is already 500 something pages.Meisner definitely tends to the left of things and I think he strives for a balanced account of things He tries not to fall into mainstream American narrative of China nor does he toe the official China party line For example, with the Cultural Revolution, I th Good overall book for getting an understanding of recent Chinese history There are parts I wanted to knowabout, especially during the civil war, but I think that s a topic for another book The book is already 500 something pages.Meisner definitely tends to the left of things and I think he strives for a balanced account of things He tries not to fall into mainstream American narrative of China nor does he toe the official China party line For example, with the Cultural Revolution, I think he strives to give credit towards the aims of it end a corrupt bureaucracy, etc and some of the good things that came out of it emphasis on medicine for the people, fairer access to education , while also giving fair weight to the gravity of that time period from all the physical and psychological losses I get the sense he is disappointed with China s abandonment of socialism to some distant future and sees democratic reforms and a proletariat uprising as the best chance for aegalitarian change It is scary how invested and enriched Communist Party members are in the current capitalist system.Anyway, as I said a good overall book on China if you re looking for some It s on to some novels for me

  5. jjonas says:

    This was the book I was looking for when I picked up MacFarquhar and Schoenhals Mao s Last Revolution some time ago While that book was full of micro level stuff like documents published on this or that date, or a CC meeting held on this or that date etc., Meisner s book was a proper general overview of Mao s China I wish I had read this one first and Mao s Last Revolution only afterwards, maybe I could have appreciated the latter book a bit .I m happy that I read the 3rd edition, eve This was the book I was looking for when I picked up MacFarquhar and Schoenhals Mao s Last Revolution some time ago While that book was full of micro level stuff like documents published on this or that date, or a CC meeting held on this or that date etc., Meisner s book was a proper general overview of Mao s China I wish I had read this one first and Mao s Last Revolution only afterwards, maybe I could have appreciated the latter book a bit .I m happy that I read the 3rd edition, even though one could kind of see where the section written for the 3rd edition started the Deng era and after was handled muchbriefly but still adequately than the Mao era And anyway for the Deng era I had already read Hart Landsberg and Burkett s China and Socialism, so that part wasn t as new to me as the Mao times.I have a fewbooks about the Cultural Revolution, even though I think I have a pretty good grasp on it now Probably next I should look into the 50s, the Great Leap Forward etc It was handled ok in Meisner s book, but not as clearly I think as the Cultural Revolution

  6. Michelle says:

    Meisner s book is plastered with reviews like His work is a refreshingly clear exposition of the contradictions and continuities that define China today and the definitive text on the history of the People s Republic of Chinaenriching and enthralling But as I read passages like this one from Meisner s book It was the modern Chinese social situation that was potentially revolutionary, making revolutionary ideas and iconoclastic impulses historically dynamic forces Again, in the cru Meisner s book is plastered with reviews like His work is a refreshingly clear exposition of the contradictions and continuities that define China today and the definitive text on the history of the People s Republic of Chinaenriching and enthralling But as I read passages like this one from Meisner s book It was the modern Chinese social situation that was potentially revolutionary, making revolutionary ideas and iconoclastic impulses historically dynamic forces Again, in the crucial social realm, foreign imperialism played a decisive role But it was a contradictory role, both revolutionary and counterrevolutionary, one which created a modern revolutionary situation and yet, at the same time, inhibited the consummation of a modern revolution I can t help but think this is probably why so few in the US seem to understand China well Remember when you were a kid watching cartoons and little symbols would fly around a characters head to show they were confused That is how I feel reading this book

  7. Paul says:

    Really helpful history of modern China The author views China from a Marxist perspective, which has its limitations but is also makes him sensitive to the thought processes and decision making of the Marxist leader that have shaped modern China By far the best history of modern China I ve encountered, which frankly is saying much The reader will have to tolerate a fair amount of repetition Meisner really wants to make sure you get the point, and the circles back through the same themes over Really helpful history of modern China The author views China from a Marxist perspective, which has its limitations but is also makes him sensitive to the thought processes and decision making of the Marxist leader that have shaped modern China By far the best history of modern China I ve encountered, which frankly is saying much The reader will have to tolerate a fair amount of repetition Meisner really wants to make sure you get the point, and the circles back through the same themes over and over I just skipped through some of therepetitious and or ideological passages For me , it was well worth the effort to get to the meaty history from a perspective that was managed to be both respectful and critical

  8. R Reddebrek says:

    Probably the most informative account of Chinese Marxism I ve ever read It does a good job making the sectarian feuds within the CCP digestible and tackles the ideological crutches of Mao and the other factions that have shaped the PRC since its founding.

  9. Leonardo says:

    Sobre los proyectos de modernizaci n econ mica en la China de Mao Imperio P g.187 Sobre los proyectos de modernizaci n econ mica en la China de Mao Imperio P g.187

  10. October Surprise says:

    The best single volume history of the PRC From a critical left perspective.