The Communist Revolution of 1949

The Red Army

 

Why was Mao Zedong successful in achieving a Communist Revolution in 1949?

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

1. Introduction.
2. 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: Power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
5. The Chinese Communist Party.
6. The importance of war to Mao's ascendancy: WW2 & the civil war.



Suggested reading:

Rana Mitter, Modern China: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2008)

 



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