Monthly Archives: April 2012

Retro-Maoism in China

I mentioned in class the Chinese leader Bo Xilai, who recently fell from power and who was seen as reviving certain aspects of Maoism.  There was a recent article in the New York Times describing the modern appeal of Maoism, … Continue reading

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How the Fate of a Nation Can Rest on One Leader

While doing the new reading on the Iranian revolution, I realized that though this is an incredibly modern and unique revolution compared to the one’s we’ve studied so far, it still have many similarities. The one that jumped out to … Continue reading

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Can a spontaneous revolution succeed?

Here’s some food for thought.  I was recently reading a piece by the Israeli philosopher and public intellectual Avishai Margalit, about the revolution last year in Egypt.  He was comparing it to the Russian Revolution, and specifically to the February … Continue reading

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Peasants as a Tool for the Acquisition of Power

In our last textbook reading I noticed that the success of Deng Xiaoping can be largely attributed to his allying with the peasants.  I couldn’t help but realize that this was the same technique Mao Zedong used to acquire power … Continue reading

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The Cult of Personality

As we talk about the communist revolution in China and compare it to that of Russia, one of the topics that is most striking is the cult of personality that both Stalin and Mao created. When we studied Stalin, we … Continue reading

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Mao vs. Stalin

As I was reading about Mao as a leader in the Cultural Revolution, I was constantly comparing and contrasting him with Stalin when he lead the Russian Revolution. I was noticing some similarities like how they both purged members of … Continue reading

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Mao as a Leader

After going through the reading today covering the later years of Mao’s reign, I was very intrigued by the fact that after his death, a governmental committee was formed in China that was to decide on the ethics of Mao’s leadership. And while they … Continue reading

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The Peasants taking it too far

While we were reading the primary source by Mao Zedong today in class, there was one paragraph that I didn’t completely agree with. Mao talked about the peasants leading a full-blown revolution and how there was speculation about wether the … Continue reading

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China, Japan, and World War II

One thing that confused me in the reading from last class was the transition that Japan took when entering into World War II. From what I could see in the reading, Japan was entirely focused on taking over Asia and … Continue reading

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Imperialism in China

I am a bit confused, and hope someone can enlighten me. I understand that after the sino-japanese war, China looked weak and Europe “took” parts of the country. The imperialism began. But what I am confused about is what does … Continue reading

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