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Was Mao Really a Monster? - The Academic Response to Chang and Halliday's "Mao: The Unknown Story" (Electronic book text)
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Was Mao Really a Monster? - The Academic Response to Chang and Halliday's "Mao: The Unknown Story" (Electronic book text)

Gregor Benton, Lin Chun

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Mao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday was published in 2005 to a great fanfare. The book portrays Mao as a monster - equal to or worse than Hitler and Stalin - and a fool who won power by native cunning and ruled by terror. It received a rapturous welcome from reviewers in the popular press and rocketed to the top of the worldwide bestseller list. Few works on China by writers in the West have achieved its impact. Reviews by serious China scholars, however, tended to take a different view. Most were sharply critical, questioning its authority and the authors' methods , arguing that Chang and Halliday's book is not a work of balanced scholarship, as it purports to be, but a highly selective and even polemical study that sets out to demonise Mao. This book brings together sixteen reviews of Mao: The Unknown Story - all by internationally well-regarded specialists in modern Chinese history, and published in relatively specialised scholarly journals. Taken together they demonstrate that Chang and Halliday's portrayal of Mao is in many places woefully inaccurate. While agreeing that Mao had many faults and was responsible for some disastrous policies, they conclude that a more balanced picture is needed.

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Imprint: Routledge
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: September 2013
First published: 2009
Editors: Gregor Benton • Lin Chun
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 200
ISBN-13: 978-1-134-00662-5
Categories: Books > Humanities > History
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government
Books > Humanities > History > World history
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political ideologies
Books > Humanities > History > World history > From 1900
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Books > Humanities > History > World history > From 1900 > General
Books > History > World history
Books > History > World history > From 1900
Books > History > World history > From 1900 > General
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LSN: 1-134-00662-4
Barcode: 9781134006625

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