Mao Zedong: “Report on an Investigation of the Peasant Movement in Hunan”

(1927)

When Mao Zedong’s “Report on an Investigation of the Peasant Movement in Hunan” was published in 1927, Mao was relatively unknown, and peasants played no role in the revolution being planned by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Mao wrote the “Report on an Investigation of the Peasant Movement in Hunan” to persuade the party leadership to redirect the revolution to the countryside or, at the very least, to give the peasantry a larger role in the revolution. In subsequent decades, Mao would emerge as the indisputable leader of the CCP and the People’s Republic of China, and the...

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Plaque of Mao Zedong (Yale University Art Gallery)

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