Mao Zedong a Hundred Years on: The Legacy of a Ruler

  title={Mao Zedong a Hundred Years on: The Legacy of a Ruler},
  author={Stuart R. Schram},
  journal={The China Quarterly},
  pages={125 - 143}
  • S. Schram
  • Published 1 March 1994
  • Political Science, History
  • The China Quarterly
Few men have placed their stamp on an era as Mao Zedong did on 20th-century China. Few destinies are more ambiguous. Welcomed by many in 1949 as a liberator from the corrupt, oppressive, and ineffectual government of the Kuomintang, and as the protagonist of a great revolution in the countryside, he came to be seen as a harsher tyrant than ever Chiang Kai-shek had been, and the bringer not of liberation but of slavery and starvation to the peasantry. 

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