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Maoism: A Global History [9781847922496]

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** Shortlisted for The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2019 **

Since the heyday of Mao Zedong, there has never been a more crucial time to understand Maosim. 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' 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.

Across the globe, Maoism was a crucial motor of the Cold War: it shaped the course of the Vietnam War (and the international youth rebellion it triggered) and brought to power the murderous Khmer Rouge in Cambodia; it aided, and sometimes handed victory to, anti-colonial resistance movements in Africa; it inspired terrorism in Germany and Italy, and wars and insurgencies in Peru, India and Nepal, some of which are still with us today - more than forty years after the death of Mao.

In this new history, acclaimed historian Julia Lovell reevaluates Maoism, analysing both China's engagement with the movement and its legacy on a global canvas. It's a story that takes us from the tea plantations of north India to the sierras of the Andes, from Paris's 5th Arrondissement to the fields of Tanzania, from the rice paddies of Cambodia to the terraces of Brixton.

Starting from the movement's birth in northwest China in the 1930s and unfolding right up to its present-day violent rebirth, this is the definitive history of global Maoism.
AUTHOR: Julia Lovell is Professor of Modern China at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her two most recent books are The Great Wall and The Opium War (which won the 2012 Jan Michalski Prize). Her many translations of modern Chinese fiction into English include The Real Story of Ah Q, and other Tales of China(Penguin Classics, 2010). She is currently completing a new translation of Journey to the West, to be published by Penguin Classics. She writes about China for several newspapers, including the Guardian, Financial Times, New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

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9781847922496
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Author:
Julia Lovell
Publisher:
The Bodley Head Ltd
Publication:
14-Mar-2019
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Hardback
Pages:
624
Weight:
800 Grams
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Maoism: A Global History [9780099581857]

`A landmark work giving a global panorama of Mao's ideology filled with historic events and enlivened by striking characters' Jonathan Fenby Since …

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