In 1949, the Chinese Communist Party came to power in the world's most populous country after twenty years of apocalyptic civil war. The Party had been founded in 1921 with only a few dozen members, but quickly grew into a mass movement under the leadership of Mao Zedong. Mao's distinctly populist version of Marxism placed political struggle and revolutionary consciousness at its center. By the 1960s, Mao's Marxism had spread across the world, becoming a reference point for French student radicals, the Black Panthers, and guerilla movements from Latin America to the Philippines. In this session of the Marxism Reading Group, we’ll explore Mao as revolutionary thinker, and the global impact of Maoism.
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