To Change a Nation: Propaganda and Indoctrination in Communist China

To Change a Nation: Propaganda and Indoctrination in Communist China

To Change a Nation: Propaganda and Indoctrination in Communist China

To Change a Nation: Propaganda and Indoctrination in Communist China

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This volume is based almost exclusively on information drawn from the Chinese Communist press and other publications. In portraying the organization and operation of the Communist propaganda and indoctrination apparatus, I felt throughout that I should take the part neither of critic nor apologist, but simply that of dispassionate reporter -- neither to attack nor defend the Communist policy, but simply to describe it as accurately as possible. Partly for this reason, and partly because of the very nature of the subject-matter, I have consistently refrained from subjective analysis and from "general theories" that would only give this work the appearance of profundity while oversimplifying or even distorting the fact.

I welcome this opportunity to express my feelings of obligation to the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, which granted me the privilege of free access to its precious collection of Chinese Communist publications. I am particularly grateful to Dr. C. Easton Rothwell, then Director of the Institution and now President of Mills College, who showed me so much courtesy during my stay at Stanford.

This study was undertaken at the urging of Professor Wilbur Schramm of Stanford University and Professor Arthur F. Wright, now of Yale University; both of them most kindly read the preliminary draft of the manuscript and made valuable suggestions for which I find it difficult to express my gratitude adequately.

Some of my colleagues on the political science faculty at Michigan State University were very generous with their interest while the manuscript was in preparation. Professor Guy H. Fox, then Acting Head of the Department, and Professor Lewis Edinger were especially helpful.

Dr. Frank A. Pinner, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Bureau of Social and Political Research at the same institution unselfishly spent many hours with me, discussing both the content and organization of the manuscript, and his friendly criticisms and original ideas have been of immeasurable benefit.

I have also had much encouragement from Professors Leon D. Epstein, David Fellman, and Ralph K. Huitt, all of the Universityof Wisconsin . . .

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