Mao Zedong’s brutal campaign to purify Communist China, which began in the early 1960s, resulted in a decade of chaos that has left an indelible stain on the nation’s politics.
Frank Dikötter explains how the gradual opening of Chinese archives has revealed the appalling truth about Chairman Mao’s genocidal rule.
The legacy of the Great Helmsman is the source of bitter conflict over China’s future direction, argues Tim Stanley.
Chairman Mao photographed attempting to swim the River Yangtze in July 1966.
Russel Tarr compares and contrasts the rise to power of two Communist leaders.
Frank Dikötter looks at how historians’ understanding of China has changed in recent years with the gradual opening of party archives that reveal the full horror of the Maoist era.
Michael Lynch introduces the controversial career of a gargantuan figure in Chinese and modern world history.
Mao was elected Chairman of the Central People's Government on 30 September 1949.
That Mao Zedong has changed the course of modern history is beyond dispute. the extent of his influence, both in China and abroad, has however been a matter of fierce debate since his death in 1976.