Essay on The Bedrock Of The People 's Republic Of China

1667 Words Dec 1st, 2015 7 Pages
The bedrock of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) carries the firm imprint of its architect, Mao Zedong. Revered to the extent of a semi-divine individual, he ruled with irrefutable authority and possessed an extraordinary cult of personality. The mark of the Great Helmsman, which was altogether political, cultural, and ideological, had dramatically defined the country. However, his tenure was contingent on his own mortality. Mao’s death in 1976 spurned a political crisis in which the question was no longer whom but Mao? Instead, after twenty-seven years, the question posed was who after Mao? Thus, the PRC had fallen victim to the Achilles heel of communist regimes — the predicament of succession. As with all Leninist systems, succession serves as a pivotal moment in the course of a regime, both in its process and impact. A successor’s clout derives not from eclipsing his predecessor, but from the implications for change. Will his tenure be one of ideological continuity or will it be a springboard for reform? Aware that the perpetuation of his policies would hinge on his heir, a long and turbulent search ensued to find who would fill the shoes of the great Mao Zedong. The endeavor was branded by purges, deaths, and violence. If such a feat were indicative of future transfers of powers, then succession would not bode well for the future of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Nonetheless, with the PRC now well into its fifth generation of leadership, political succession…

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