Selected Works - Vol. 3

Selected Works - Vol. 3

Selected Works - Vol. 3

Selected Works - Vol. 3

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This is an article written for the press in Yenan in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the May 4 Movement.

The May 4 Movement twenty years ago indicated that China's bourgeois-democratic revolution against imperialism and feudalism had reached a new stage. The May 4 Movement, which turned into a movement for cultural reform, was but one of the manifestations of China's bourgeois-democratic revolution against imperialism and feudalism. As a result of the growth and development of the new social forces in that period, there arose a camp which later became a powerful force in China's bourgeois-democratic revolution against imperialism and feudalism, i.e. the camp composed of China's working class, student masses and young national bourgeoisie. In the period of the May 4 Movement, it was the hundreds of thousands of students who stood heroically at the head of the movement. This showed that the May 4 Movement had advanced a step further than the Revolution of 1911.

China's bourgeois-democratic revolution, if traced back to the period when it was getting under way, has passed through quite a number of stages: the Opium War, the War of the T'aip'ing Heavenly Kingdom, the Sino-Japanese War of 1894, the Reformist Movement of 1898, the Boxer Movement, the Revolution of 1911, the May 4 Movement, the Northern Expedition and the War of the Agrarian Revolution. The AntiJapanese War today is another new stage in its development, the greatest, the most vigorous, the most dynamic stage. The bourgeois-democratic revolution can be considered to have achieved success only when the foreign imperialist forces and the domestic feudal forces have been in the main overthrown and an independent democratic state established. Beginning with the Opium War, each of the stages in the development of the revolution has its own characteristics. But what constitutes the most significant distinction between these stages is whether they come before or after the emergence of the Communist Party . . .

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