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The Mandate of Heaven
Marx and Mao in Modern China
First published by Quartet Books Limited 1978.
Copyright © 1978 by Nigel Harris.
Posted here with the permission of the author.
Transcribed and marked up Einde O’Callaghan for REDS – Die Roten.
The original blurb for this book read as follows:
China’s transformation from a poor country devastated by war into a major world power is a modern legend. But how did this change come about? What are the real living conditions of teh peasants and workers? Why, when apparently united in their beliefs, are Russia and China enemies? And why, if Mao is right, must Marx be wrong?
Using publications from the People’s Republic and his own extensive research, Nigel Harris has written a serious critique of the history, aims and actions of the communist Party in China.
Obviously much has changed in the almost quarter century since the book was written, but it is still a valuable, even indispensible, guide to the background to current developments in China.
Notes for the Reader
Part I – The Long March to Victory
1. The Workers’ Revolution
2. From Defeat to Victory
Part II – The People’s Republic
3. The First Phase
4. The Great Leap Forward and After
5. The Cultural Revolution
6. After the Cultural Revolution
Part III – Workers and Peasants in the People’s Republic
7. Workers in the 1950s
8. Temporary and Contract Labour:
the “Worker-Peasant System”
9. The Working Class After the Cultural Revolution
10. Peasants in the People’s Republic
Part IV – Equality, Democracy and National Independence
13. National Independence
Part V – Proletarian Internationalism
14. The Theory
15 Foreign Policy
16. Mao Tse-tung Thought Abroad
Part VI – The Chinese Communist Party and Marxism
17. Modern Capitalism and the Bourgeois Revolution
18. The Soviet Union and the Rise of a New Class
19. Mao Tse-tung Thought
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