Mao's China: Party Reform Documents, 1942-44

Mao's China: Party Reform Documents, 1942-44

Mao's China: Party Reform Documents, 1942-44

Mao's China: Party Reform Documents, 1942-44

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These documents were translated to fill a major gap in our knowledge of the history of the Chinese Communist Party. During the eight years of resistance to Japan, the Party grew from a baby to a confident giant. The organization which drove on from 1945 to win a startlingly swift victory in the Civil War was molded and trained in the Anti-Japanese War Bases. The story of its wartime growth is slowly being told; works by Michael Lindsay and Jack Belden give new color and detail on two of the principal Communist regions which wartime reporters could not see from the cave city at Yenan. This volume now paints a picture of the wartime Party with the words of Chinese Communist leaders, as they speak about Party problems for a Party audience; for the first time, western readers have a chance to inspect the Party machine from the inside.

The speeches, articles, and resolutions collected here were originally published as a handbook for the Cheng Feng Reform Movement, launched in 1942 to remold the Party's thinking and guide its growth. They should be read as an official set of standards for Party thought and action. But in telling Party members how to think and act, they also answer . . .

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