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Maoism: A Global History Since the heyday of Mao Zedong, there has never been a crucial time to understand MaosimAlthough to Western eyes it seems that China has long abandoned the utopian turmoil of Maoism in favour of authoritarian capitalism, Mao and his ideas remain central to the People Republic and the legitimacy of its communist government As disagreements and conflicts between China and the West are likely to mount, the need to understand the political legacy of Mao will only become urgentYet during Mao s lifetime and beyond, the power and appeal of Maoism has always extended beyond China Across the globe, Maoism was a crucial motor of the Cold War it shaped the course of the Vietnam War and the international youth rebellion it triggered and brought to power the murderous Khmer Rouge in Cambodia it aided, and sometimes handed victory to, anti colonial resistance movements in Africa it inspired terrorism in Germany and Italy, and wars and insurgencies in Peru, India and Nepal, some of which are still with us today than forty years after the death of MaoIn this new history, acclaimed historian Julia Lovell re evaluates Maoism, analysing both China s engagement with the movement and its legacy on a global canvas It s a story that takes us from the tea plantations of north India to the sierras of the Andes, from Paris s th Arrondissement to the fields of Tanzania, from the rice paddies of Cambodia to the terraces of BrixtonStarting from the movement s birth in northwest China in the s and unfolding right up to its present day violent rebirth, this is the definitive history of global Maoism

About the Author: Julia Lovell

Julia Lovell has worked at Birkbeck since 2007 Before then, she was Junior Research Fellow at Queens College, Cambridge She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at Emmanuel College, Cambridge she also studied for a year at the Hopkins Nanjing Centre for Chinese Studies She has translated many works, as well as writing insightful works into the history of China.She has written articles in the Guardian, the London Times and the Economist on China.

10 thoughts on “Maoism: A Global History

  1. Greg Watson Greg Watson says:

    Mao s great talent lay in turning the Chinese people into slaves, while making them feel like they were the masters of the country All the world s dictators have studied Mao Julia Lovell s Maoism A Global History provides a comprehensive history of the origins and influence of Maoism It has cross

  2. Dmitri Dmitri says:

    After a lengthy and challenging introduction, Julia Lovell analyzes Edgar Snow s 1937 Red Star Over China and its effects on the international spread of Maoism Her appraisal of the book s propaganda power is tempered by a critique of its romanticization A history of Mao s thought during the developmental

  3. Robert Maisey Robert Maisey says:

    This well researched, wide ranging book analyses the spread of Maoism both as an independently transmitted ideology and as an plank of Chinese Foreign Policy in the mid 20th century It provides a fantastic, wide lens perspective not only on the Chinese Revolution, but on the decolonizing process in Asia and Africa

  4. Jamie Jamie says:

    Somehow, Maoism is the creed of winners and insiders, of losers and outsiders, of leaders and underdogs, of absolute rulers, vast, disciplined bureaucracies, and oppressed masses.It is remarkable how one man can change the course of history, inspiring millions and sparking revolutions across the globe That man was Edgar S

  5. Laurent Franckx Laurent Franckx says:

    Potential readers should understand what this book is not about it is not an evaluation of the merits of Mao as a military strategist or statesman Actually, the book isn t even about Mao.It is in the first place a history of the worldwide impact of Maoist ideology, especially in the 1950s and 1960s And this story is both fascinatin

  6. Clif Clif says:

    Hitler, Stalin and Mao were at one time popular, yet all with dedication caused the deaths of millions of their own people Even today each has admirers in Germany, Russia and China where you would think they would be despised As generations have arrived that did not know the horrors of the times of their elders, thoughts of national greatne

  7. Alexis Alexis says:

    This is a really interesting exploration of Maoism less as a philosophy andas a historical phenomenon across the world In the US, we re often taught to focus on the USSR as the Communist opposition, with China reduced to a secondary player, predominantly in Vietnam and Korea so we pat ourselves on the back and say the West won after 1989 What makes

  8. Luke Pickrell Luke Pickrell says:

    The book shines most in its discussion of Maoism outside of China If anything, the reader is left with an appreciation for the failures of Maoism and the ways in which it differs from the thinking of Marx For an understanding of the Chinese Revolution and something other than the academic Marxism communism Stalinism, read something else The Tragedy of the Ch

  9. Patricia Patricia says:

    Having read this in the time of the Covid 19 virus, Lovells introduction was timely, Like a dormant virus, Maoism has demonstrated a tenacious global talent for latency It is this history, this aptitude that we will now track across the world p 150 The story begins with the impact Edgar Snow s romantic classic Red Star Over China The Classic Account of the Birth of C

  10. Bookworm Bookworm says:

    What it says on the cover Not sure what drew me to the book, other than seeing it was available at the library and that this is the type of book that would be best as a library borrow At 600 pages, the author takes us through what it says on the cover a global history of Maoism through its birth, the role it played in history and shaping the political atmosphere today, the ma

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