Posts Categorized: Chapter 9

The Yan’an Camp

During Japanese War and World War II the Communist Part spent nearly a decade in Yan’an, developing many important aspects of Maoism. From this base of power, Mao would launch the last phase of a revolution that swept Chiang from power and established the People’s Republic. Mao used the war years to develop ideology that would… Read more »

Edgar Snow

Much of what we know of Mao’s childhood is quoted from an interview with American journalist Edgar Snow, who traveled to speak with Mao at the Communist’s base in Yan’an. Snow spoke to Mao about his relationship to his father, his influences, hopes and dreams, and included a biography of Mao in his book Red Star… Read more »

The Long March

Penned in China’s south by Chiang Kai-shek‘s Nationalist forces, the young Chinese Communist Party organized a “liberated” communist state in parts of Jiangxi Province. As attacks by the Nationalists increased, the Red Army was forced to retreat 6,000 miles across western China in its famous “Long March.” Only 10% of the communist soldiers survived. During… Read more »