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How did Mao Zedong gain power in China?

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How did Mao Zedong gain power in China? When the Japanese occupied much of China during World War II, the Nationalists allied themselves with the newly emerging Communists and fought back.
However, after the defeat of the Japanese, the alliance between these natural enemies broke down. The Communists were able to drive the Nationalists out of most of the country because they were supported by the peasants. By 1949, the Nationalist forces had been forced to leave the mainland and establish themselves on the island of Taiwan, where they still remain.

The Communist Chinese leader, Mao Zedong, formed the People's Republic of China in October 1949. Mao Zedong first became interested in politics while fighting in the revolution in 1911. He became a member of the Chinese Communist Party in 1923.

China's Communists had long been fighting with the Nationalist government, and after World War II they began the Long March, which recruited the country's peasants. This eventually led to the complete takeover of China by Mao Zedong's Communist forces.

What was the Cultural Revolution?

Despite the success of the Zedong Communist takeover of China, Mao felt that the educated people were posing a threat to the continuation of the revolution. He believed they were resisting the changes that were needed to improve the position of the peasants. Mao and his followers set in motion the Cultural Revolution, which stated that any person suspected of the faintest resistance to Communist rule would be arrested, deported to outlying regions or executed.

Whole families were split up during the Cultural Revolution, and Chinese history was effectively rewritten to suit Mao's purposes. During this period of turmoil, millions of people died from famine.


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Date Added: 04 January '12


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