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p. 152. Organizing revolutionlocked

  • Delia Davin

Abstract

‘Organizing revolution’ explores Mao's life in the early years of the Republic of China. Mao was a member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), who were urged by Soviet Communists to cooperate with the ruling Guomindang. The CCP and Guomindang duly formed a United Front, before falling out over the role of peasants in society. Mao fled to the mountains and allied with other Communists to form the Chinese Red Army. Mao criticised central pessimism towards revolution, and launched an unsuccessful attack with the Red Army in 1930. The Guomindang retaliated, forcing Mao into the gruelling Long March to Shaanxi. There he once again prepared for revolution.

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