Mao Zedong Essay
Initially a radical revolutionary then a committed Marxist, Mao’s philosophy on how to lead a revolution was bathed in Nationalism. It is Mao’s love for China’s independence coupled with agrarian reforms that put Mao on the road to power. After 1949, Nationalism would reappear in Mao’s cultural policies, his relationship with Moscow and underdeveloped countries.
Mao feared nothing and no one. Using Marxism-Leninism as a framework, Mao proposed the use of peasants to create his revolutionary elite. His …show more content…
When China’s first warlord, Yuan Shikai forced Nationalist party leader, Yat-sen to quickly retire, China fell into what Mao describes as a semi-feudal, semi-colonial conditions controlled by a motley crew of militarists and foreign powers (Cheek, 9).
As a young man, Mao embraced Nationalism. His love for the peasants and poor who resided in rural China directed many of Mao’s actions. In the 1930s, Mao was engaged in constant warfare - defending his rural “people’s soviet” from local bandits or from the government troops of the GMD, and later resisting the Japanese invasion of China (Cheek, 29).
Mao ingested essays and magazines written by the New Cultural Movement especially works penned by Liang Qichao. Chen Duxiu’s radical New Youth journal was a