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Good books or articles on Mao and the chinese revolution?

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Hi, as we all know, finding information about historical socialist states is incredibly hard unless you want 5 "The Guardian" articles on how Mao/Stalin was literally worse than Hitler, so I hope you comrades can help me.

I am looking for general information about the Chinese revolution, the great leap forward and life under Mao, to use in debates defending state socialism and the such.

Can you help me? Thanks!

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Marxists.org is always a good reference. They have tons of works by communist leaders under Mao, and even Mao himself.

https://www.marxists.org/archive/#maoism

A couple of other links from various universities and firsthand sources, though I'm not sure of how useful they will prove.

http://www.chaos.umd.edu/history/prc2.html

http://www.rrojasdatabank.info/16points.htm

This one's in Chinese, which I can translate for you, about Mao's death http://news.sina.com.cn/c/144508.html

https://books.google.com/books?id=iRr8GOrCLgkC&pg=PA166#v=onepage&q&f=false

This one gives different estimates of the deaths that occurred (which vary quite widely) http://necrometrics.com/20c5m.htm#Mao

That's as much as I have for now, hope this helps.

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Freien    106

http://monthlyreview.org/commentary/did-mao-really-kill-millions-in-the-great-leap-forward/

An amazing investigation trying to show if the Great Leap Forward really had these devastating results that Westerns claim it had. The article is huge, I didn't read it all and I am not sure if at the end it supports Mao, but it propably does. 

 

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On 8/1/2017 at 11:32 AM, Citizen 7 said:

Hi, as we all know, finding information about historical socialist states is incredibly hard unless you want 5 "The Guardian" articles on how Mao/Stalin was literally worse than Hitler, so I hope you comrades can help me.

I am looking for general information about the Chinese revolution, the great leap forward and life under Mao, to use in debates defending state socialism and the such.

Can you help me? Thanks!

Apart from the articles already posted: For a great (If somewhat naïve) biography on Mao and other early CCP revolutionaries, and the history of the early Chinese communist movement, read Edgar Snows 'Red Star Over China'. Despite criticism for being too trustful or positive about the stories told by Mao and others (In essence, because Snow trusted Mao and the other revolutionaries to tell him the truth, while what they told him was their truth), it's still the seminal history of the early CCP and its CCP leaders, outside of official CCP history books.

If you get one of the post-war editions, Snow rewrote much of it to make it easier to read, added chapters and checked a lot of stuff from both his notes and other sources, so it's both generally more informative and easier to read. My book is a translation of the 1971-edition, which I would recommend.

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