The Chinese Communist Revolution of 1949

20th Century Chinese History

by Professor Rana Mitter. Produced by Simon Brown, 12th August 2015

The Rise of Mao Zedong

In this podcast Professor Rana Mitter of the University of Oxford looks at why Mao Zedong was successful in achieving a Communist Revolution in 1949.

1. Introduction.
2. An important conclusion: The future of any revolution would be through mobilising the peasants.
3. Sun Yat Sen, the USSR and Chiang Kai Shek.
4. The Red Army.
5. The Chinese Communist Party.
6. The importance of war to Mao's ascendancy: WW2 & the civil war.


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