By Alexander C. Cook

Mao Zedong's Little pink publication (Quotations from Chairman Mao) - a compilation of the chinese language leader's speeches and writings - is among the such a lot obvious and ubiquitous symbols of twentieth-century radicalism. released for the 1st time in 1964, it swiftly grew to become the must-have accent for crimson Guards and revolutionaries from Berkeley to Bamako. but, regardless of its all over the world movement and enduring presence there has, previously, been no severe scholarly attempt to appreciate this seminal textual content as a world historic phenomenon. Mao's Little purple booklet brings jointly quite a number leading edge students from around the globe to discover the attention-grabbing number of makes use of and varieties that Mao's Quotations has taken, from rhetoric, artwork and track, to talisman, badge, and weapon. The authors of this pioneering quantity use Mao's Quotations as a medium during which to think again the heritage of the twentieth-century international, hard confirmed rules in regards to the e-book to bare its awesome international impression

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Similar to the Buddhist tradition, the freewheeling conversation records were a welcome alternative to the highly restricted genre of in-line textual commentaries. ), Reflections on Things at Hand: The Neo-Confucian Anthology compiled by Chu Hsi and Lü Tsu-ch’ien (New York: Columbia University Press, 1967). ”3 The flourishing of yulu in the Song dynasty signified the confidence of the literati to take command of transmitted orthodoxy and develop it in new directions. As the voice of the canon receded, the importance of contemporary thinkers was elevated.

This superpower hegemony consisted of both American capitalist imperialism and Soviet social-imperialism. Superpower hegemony was postwar imperialism par excellence, and the atom bomb its most terrible weapon. ”32 Unless a third way could be found between the Americans and the Soviets, the Cold War – and possibly the world – would end with the atom bomb. Confronted with the existential threat of nuclear war, Albert Einstein and several key Manhattan Project scientists had pleaded in 1946, “The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking, and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe .

Moreover, by the early 1960s the Sino-Soviet rift had become irreparable, with Mao accusing the Kremlin of practicing revisionism or “phoney” socialism. Sino-Soviet relations declined precipitously, and in 1969 border skirmishes even erupted into a brief shooting war. In the era of the Little Red Book, nuclear attack by either the United States or the Soviet Union seemed a very real possibility. 25 We need no further proof of Mao’s appreciation of the atom bomb’s military value than the fact that the People’s Republic of China invested at great cost in a nuclear weapons program of its own.

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