The Mao Zedong: Genocide

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Amanda Burnett
D - Block World History

The Mao Zedong (TseTung) Genocide

Through his campaign for Industrialization, the Great Leap Forward, Mao Zedong caused the deaths of 45 million civilians living in the People 's Republic of China.

Through various events in the life of the chinese communist leader, Mao Zedong, it lead him to the powerful communist leader that he had become.

On December 26th, 1893 Mao Zedong or Mao TseTung was born into a family of peasants, although they did not fit the norm. They lived in the province of Hunan in southern China in a village called Shaoshan or Music Mountain. Mao’s father, Mao Shunsheng came from a poor peasant background, but was determined to change that. He was an ambitious
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Four years later Mao Zedong was elected the chairman of the recently established Soviet Republic of China. Within these four years, the nationalists launched five encirclement campaigns against eh Chinese soviet republic. Under Zedong, they successfully resisted the first four campaigns, but the fifth one was a different story. As a result, Mao was removed and a new leader was put in place: the red army was decimated. Because of a their recent defeat, the communists decided to break away from the encirclement and thus,m the start of the long march began on October 16, 1934. During the long march, Mao began to gain back his followers and during a meeting with a group of party leaders in the city of Zunyi, he was back on the pedal till as one of the top military and political leader. With the people behind him, Mao switched paths and made it so his forces split into columns. By doing so it would consume their enemy. This changed their final destination to be the province of Shaanxi, where they hoped to defeat Japanese invaders and gain acceptance from the majority of the Chinese people. Despite being back on top, the nationalist army had set up aerial bombardment, and engaged in daily battles, stopping the long march. In the end, the starving people that had marched 4,000 miles, over 24 rivers and 18 mountain ranges along Mao Zedong ended with in a failure, and a loss of 8,000 marchers. Even though this was not a success, due to his heroism Mao Zedong was elected the leader of the Chinese communist party, and had thousands of people across China joined his army. In 1949, Mao’s red army defeated the nationalist party and Zedong continued to be the head of the communist

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