Mao's Three-Anti Movement Analysis

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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 …show more content…
In few respects, people were no better off than they were under the Qing Dynasty; the price of dissension was arrest and torment. In 1951, the CCP launched two consecutive campaigns which were engineered to rid the Chinese society of unwanted elements. The first of these the Three-Anti campaign: corruption, waste and bureaucracy. The second was called the five-Anti movement and aimed at relinquishing bribery, tax evasion, theft of state property, cheating the government and stealing economic information. Many sought to detect, seize and punish party members who had demonstrated these capitalist traits. In 1965 the Cultural Revolution was designed by Mao specifically to reconsolidate power, undermining the positions of Liu and Deng, as well as to reimpose his beliefs on the nation by eradicating the ‘Four Olds’ – old culture, habits, ideas and customs. Denunciation of anyone who was seemingly superior was encouraged: teachers, economists, writers, intelligentsia, and allies of Liu Shao Qi. (Cairns, 2012) Mao sought to create a cult for himself and to purge anyone who did not support him. He desired to create a classless society in China. However, the vehemence of the Red Guards elevated social turmoil. Their anger was invested in foreigners who were attacked. (The People’s Century,

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