Access To History. The People's Republic of China 1949-76 by Michael Lynch

By Michael Lynch

The second one version of this best-selling identify has been revised and up-to-date to mirror the desires of the present requisites. The name charts China's awesome and tumultuous improvement from the institution of the People's Republic in 1949 to Mao's dying in 1976. The publication examines the common social and financial switch that resulted from the Communist revolution, together with the alterations to agriculture, the five-year plans and the hundred-flowers crusade. It then is going directly to examine the explanations for the Cultural Revolution and its legacy. additionally the writer analyzes Mao's prestige as a political chief and his value within the family advancements of China from 1949 to seventy six. during the publication, key dates, phrases and concerns are highlighted, and old interpretations of key debates are defined. precis diagrams are incorporated to consolidate wisdom and figuring out of the interval, and exam-style questions and information for every exam board give you the chance to strengthen examination talents.

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Key question What methods were used to impose conformity? Particular CCP severity was evident in the early 1950s in Shanghai and Guangzhou (Canton), cities which had been notorious for their underworld gangs and triads in the years of Nationalist rule. Having used the local knowledge of the former gangsters to consolidate its hold on the city, the CCP turned on them in a violent bloodletting. Of the 130,000 ‘bandits and criminals’ rounded up by the authorities in Guangzhou over half were executed.

Korean War: 1950–3 Key date Between 1910 and 1945 the Korean peninsula had been occupied by Japan. With the defeat of Japan at the end of the Second World War in 1945, Korea was partitioned along the 38th parallel; the USA took responsibility for protecting the area to the south of that line, with the Soviet Union playing an equivalent role in the region to the north. In 1950 the North Koreans crossed the parallel with the aim of imposing their Communist control over the whole peninsula. Key question Key terms The Early Years of the PRC 1949–57 | 29 US State Department The US body responsible for foreign policy, equivalent to the British Foreign Office.

The Chinese Communists made much of the claim that elections for party officials and administrators were held in the villages, localities and regions and that the members of the National People’s Congress, which was the body formally responsible for deciding national policy, were themselves elected as the people’s choice. What was not emphasised was that only one party could stand for election, all others being outlawed, and that even those who stood as independents had to acknowledge publicly that the CCP had an absolute right to rule.

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