Mao 's Political Agend A Communist Government Under The Qing Dynasty Mao

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While Mao’s political agenda is often derided, the challenges he tackled and achieved success over in his early years of leadership are overlooked by many. China had faced a weak central government under the Qing Dynasty Mao provided a strong central government that alleviated poor conditions subsequent to Imperial China. Mao intended to bring social reforms, improve sanitation, reducing the spread of disease and bridge the gap of gender inequality by introducing women’s rights. Essentially, as a communist, Mao wanted to bring overall equity to the country that paved the groundwork for modernisation in China. In the early 30’s, the Communists began combatting diseases and poor sanitation by initiating campaigns for vaccinations against a multitude of diseases, disseminating new knowledge about personal health and hygiene as well as encouraging the cleaning of streets to rid the cities of unwanted refuse. By the time Mao had garnered position of Chairman of the People’s Republic, disease and poor sanitation were subsidised. (The People’s Century, 2011) Women were given more rights in the workforce and in marriage – polygamous marriage was banned and divorce was admitted in the Common Program of 1949. Mao increased the literacy rate from an astonishing 20 percent to 66 percent during his rule, which is among the highest rate of any developing country at the time. (Li & Zhang, 2013) Historians Eric Li and Lijia Zhang discuss Mao’s early accomplishments, deplorable to western…

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