The Young Mao Zedong

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Dec 21 2019 22 mins   12

In this episode we look at Mao Zedong’s childhood, family background, and see what he was thinking in 1912.


Further reading:

Edgar Snow, Red Star Over China

Stuart Schram, ed., Mao’s Road to Power, vol. 1: The Pre-Marxist Period, 1912-1920

Lee Feigon, Mao: A Reinterpretation

Jonathan Spence, Mao Zedong: A Life


Some names from this episode:

Ba Jin, anarchist novelist who wrote The Family

Shang Yang, founder of the Legalist school

Sima Qian, author of Records of the Grand Historian