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  • Chapter 1: Nationalists and Communists
    • 1: Introduction: China in 1936
    • 2: The Communists under Mao
    • 3: The Guomindang under Chiang
    • 4: The Sino-Japanese war
    • 5: Mao's `rectification of conduct' campaign 1942-4
    • 6: The impact of the occupation
  • Chapter 2: Communist victory and the consolidation of Mao's rule 1949-53
    • 1: Reasons for the Communist victory in 1949
    • 2: The establishment of Communist power 1949-52
    • 3: Mass campaigns and repression
    • 4: The PRC's international position and regional issues
  • Chapter 3: The transition to socialism 1952-62
    • 1: Economic developments: industry
    • 2: Economic developments: agriculture
    • 3: Political developments 1952-62
    • 4: Key debate
    • 5: China's international relations 1953-62
  • Chapter 4: Reform and control 1962-6
    • 1: The power struggle 1962-6
    • 2: The cult of Mao
    • 3: Social change by 1966
    • 4: Sino-Soviet relations: the nuclear issue
  • Chapter 5: The Cultural Revolution 1966-76
    • 1: Origins and aims of the Cultural Revolution
    • 2: The Red Guards
    • 3: The PLA and the winding down of the Cultural Revolution
    • 4: Impact of the Cultural Revolution on Chinese society
    • 5: Key debate
    • 6: Impact of the Cultural Revolution on external affairs
  • Chapter 6: The Deng era 1976-97
    • 1: The power struggle after Mao's death
    • 2: Economic reform: the Four Modernisations
    • 3: Political stagnation and the pro-democracy movement 1979-89
    • 4: China as a global power

About the Author

Michael Lynch is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Historical Studies at the University of Leicester, UK. His research interests are in modern European and Chinese history and he has authored and edited several titles in the Access to History series.

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