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The Chinese Revolution and Mao Zedong in World History Library Binding – January 1, 2004

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Series: In World History
  • Library Binding: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0766019357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0766019355
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,259,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 5-8--This book gives students a brief introduction to Chinese history and describes how the rich and advanced society declined in the 19th century due to government corruption and weak leaders, creating the environment for revolution. Mao's experiences and education, his development as a Marxist, his rise as a political figure during the establishment of the Communist Party in 1921, and as a military leader during the Long March of the Red Army in 1934-1935 are analyzed. The readable text recounts Mao's consolidation of power in 1949, the establishment of the People's Republic of China, and his own revolution to improve education, health, and women's rights while outlawing religion and opposition through thought reform. The book describes the failed policies of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, which isolated China from the rest of the world for two decades. The relatively recent change in economic policy and its possible influence on political freedom are discussed. A map of the provinces of China and extensive back matter enhance the presentation. Black-and-white reproductions and quotes from source documents further amplify the information. Jean Fritz's China's Long March (Putnam, 1988; o.p.) delves deeper into the history of this two-year military campaign and its political ramifications. Louise Chipley Slavicek's Mao Zedong (Chelsea, 2003) covers similar information on the man's life and influence on the development of modern China. Malaspina's well-researched account will be useful for reports.--Ann Joslin, Erie County Public Library, PA
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Die Sehnsucht in Mir on June 16, 2011
Format: Library Binding
This is the first book on China I have ever read. It contains a good amount of pictures and the text is quite large so it is easy to read in that regard. It is obviously a very concise book, so this is the kind of book you want to read as a introduction to a new subject and that is why I checked it out of the library. The writing is pretty good throughout most of the book but I think there were too many very short sentences and in some instances if there were more details it would have been more understandable.

Some example of the latter:

On page 31 it says "By 1920, communism had already toppled the tsars of Russia." I think this should have been more specific.

On page 42 the author mentions that the national government was moved to Nanjing but doesn't say from where. On page 70 it then says that the government was then moved to Beijing in the 1950s.

On page 44 where the author talks about when in 1930 Mao captured then withdrew from Changsha and their assault to recapture Changhsa was a disaster. The details on why they left Changha and why they were defeated I think are needed.

On page 48 the author talks about Mao crossing the Xiang River in late November but doesn't give the year, making you assume it happened in 1934.

On page 58 the author says that after Hitler invaded Poland he conquered most of Europe but does not list the countries.

On page 60 the author says that Truman replaced Roosevelt in 1945 and doesn't even mention that was because FDR had died or what he had died of. It then says that twenty million Chinese died in the fighting (meaning during World War II). I think a source for this should have been listed.
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Born in Brooklyn, NY, Ann Malaspina began her writing career as a newspaper reporter in Boston. Her books for children have been recognized with the ALA's Amelia Bloomer List, Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, Picture Book Award from the Asian Pacific American Library Association, International Reading Association, Horace Mann Upstanders Book Awards, lists of state reading associations,and Reading Rainbow. She is an MFA student at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and lives with her family in New Jersey.