Maoism

Since the heyday of Mao Zedong, there has never been a more crucial time to understand Maoism. Although to Western eyes it seems that China has long abandoned the utopian turmoil of Maoism in favour of authoritarian capitalism, Mao and his ideas remain central to the People’s Republic and the legitimacy of its communist government. As disagreements and conflicts between China and the West are likely to mount, the need to understand the political legacy of Mao will only become more urgent. Yet during Mao’s lifetime and beyond, the power and appeal of Maoism has always extended beyond China. In this history, Julia Lovell re-evaluates Maoism, analysing both China’s engagement with the movement and its legacy on a global canvas.

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