Dany, L. La
July 1967
Foreign Affairs;Jul67, Vol. 45 Issue 4, p610
Academic Journal
The article discusses the decline of traditional political practices in China during the leadership of communist leader Mao Tse-Tung. Mao Tse-tung is a semi-intellectual who 40 years ago held a village base with 700 soldiers in the mountains of the South. The weakening of the dynasty goes back to earlier years when Mao, rejecting the Russian type of organization, launched his own in the form of the Leap and the Commune, which turned out to be gigantic failures. There were complicated maneuvers within the party and at the Lushan party meeting in 1959 there was apparently violent opposition to Mao. China today can be understood much better in the light of Chinese history than in terms of Marxism-Leninism. China in 1967--its social structure, social behavior and political situation--is entirely different from what it was as recently as the end of 1966. Students of China have to adjust their minds.


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