Mao Zedong 's Leadership Style And Policies

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Introduction Present day China is a picture of economic prosperity and political stability. With a rising middle class population, enormous economic opportunities and strengthening diplomatic relations and influence over other countries, it could not be disputed that the country can be considered as among the great superpowers of the world at par with United States, Great Britain and Russia. While some people regard these enormous developments from the leadership of Mao Zedong, some scholars are skeptical and even critical of Mao’s contribution towards China’s progress. This paper would like to examine how Mao Zedong’s leadership failed by investigating his leadership style and policies and how it impacted China as a whole. Historical Perspective Mao was born in 1893 in a village of Shaoshan under the province of Hunan, Southern China (Mao Zedong (1893-1976): Major Events in the Life of a Revolutionary Leader , n.d.). At an early age, Mao has been politically influenced by the revolutions that erupted in China. While he did not actively participate in these revolutions, Mao has been increasingly supportive of these revolutions that aim to purge China from foreign influence. After graduating from middle school, Mao became actively involved in revolutionary movements that promoted cultural reforms. Heavily influenced by Marxist ideologies, Mao became one of the pioneering members of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Initially, Mao also became a member of the Sun

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