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Did the Chinese people benefit from Communist rule?

Mao’s China, c.1930–1976

Why did China become a Communist state?

Why did the Communists start the Long March?
How far was the Long March a success?
How far did the Second World War weaken the Nationalist government and strengthen the Communists?
Why did the Communists win the Civil War?

How far had Communist rule changed China by the mid 1960s?

What changes in agriculture did Communist rule bring?
What was the impact of the Communists’ social reforms?
How successful were the Five-Year Plans in increasing production?
Did the Chinese people benefit from Communist rule?

What was the impact of Communist rule on China’s relations with other countries?

What have been China’s changing relationships with neighbouring states?
Why did China try to improve relations with the USA after 1970?
How far was China established as a superpower by the time of Mao’s death?

Did Communism produce a cruel dictatorship in China?

How successful was ‘The Hundred Flowers Movement’?
Why did Mao launch the Cultural Revolution?
What was the impact of the Cultural Revolution on China?
How far was Mao a great leader of China?

Did the Chinese people benefit from Communist rule?

Narrative

Communist rule changed China in many ways. Some people benefitted greatly from these changes whilst many others suffered.

The peasantry benefitted from investment in the collectivisation and commune programmes. These granted them income, land and an education. The quality of housing often left a lot to be desired but on the whole these developments, for the peasants who were involed, were improvements on their previous existence.

The Chinese system of government had for several decades been subject to challenges. China had been embroiled in civil wars and international conflict for decades. Communist rule in China put an end to this instability which enabled policies to be implemented that gradually allowed China to emerge as a political, economic and military power.

 

 

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Links

The History and Effects of Communism on China - essay.

Casahistoria - series of articles about Mao's China.

WSU.edu - detailed article about the impact of Communism on China.

All Free Essays - a selection of essays about the impact of Communism in China.

 

 

 

   

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