Mao's Little Red Book: A Global History

Mao's Little Red Book: A Global History

Alexander C. Cook

Language: English

Pages: 299

ISBN: 1107665647

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Mao Zedong's Little Red Book (Quotations from Chairman Mao) - a compilation of the Chinese leader's speeches and writings - is one of the most visible and ubiquitous symbols of twentieth-century radicalism. Published for the first time in 1964, it rapidly became the must-have accessory for Red Guards and revolutionaries from Berkeley to Bamako. Yet, despite its worldwide circulation and enduring presence there has, until now, been no serious scholarly effort to understand this seminal text as a global historical phenomenon. Mao's Little Red Book brings together a range of innovative scholars from around the world to explore the fascinating variety of uses and forms that Mao's Quotations has taken, from rhetoric, art and song, to talisman, badge, and weapon. The authors of this pioneering volume use Mao's Quotations as a medium through which to re-examine the history of the twentieth-century world, challenging established ideas about the book to reveal its remarkable global impact.

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is integrated with the revolutionary practice of the people of all countries, the entire old world will be shattered to smithereens.”31 Three worlds apart The dropping of the atom bomb at the conclusion of World War II left the globe divided into the First World of capitalism, the Second World of socialism, and a “developing” Third World, which served as the battleground of a Cold War between them. The leaders of the First and Second Worlds – the United States and the Soviet Union – were 29 30

volume-8/mswv8_10.htm 22 Alexander C. Cook “Talk with American Anna Louise Strong,” archive/mao/selected-works/volume-4/mswv4_13.htm “Talk on Questions of Philosophy,” selected-works/volume-9/mswv9_27.htm “There are Two Intermediate Zones,” excerpts from talks with Kikunami Katsumi, Politburo member of the Japanese CP,” in Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mao Zedong on Diplomacy, pp. 387–89 Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the

there were still 123.44 million copies held in storages all over China.36 Since the official reverence paid to Mao Zedong and his sayings had by no means diminished, the volumes retained a “shelf life” until after Mao’s death and Deng Xiaoping’s ascent to power in the late 1970s.37 As Mao had frequently criticized Deng in the past, Deng stood little chance of consolidating his power in an environment that considered Mao infallible. The revived Maoist slogan “seek truth in the facts” once again

Guzmán pursued his own cult from the beginning of the guerrilla struggle itself. Among the devices he used to promote his own central role were posters portraying him as a 38 39 40 41 David Scott Palmer, “FONCODES y su impacto en la pacificación en el Perú: Observaciones generales y el caso de Ayacucho,” in Fondo Nacional de Compensación y Desarrollo Nacional (FONCODES), Concertando para el desarrollo: Lecciones aprendidas del FONCODES en sus estrategias de intervención (Lima: Gráfica Medelius,

War Studies 9.2 (Spring 2007), pp. 32–63. François Fejtö, “La Deviazione albanese,” Comunità 107 (1963), pp. 18–32, at p. 25. “O polozhenii s ispol’zovaniem kreditov, predostavlyaemykh Albanii Sovetskim Soyuzom i stranami narodnov demokratii” (Secret), September 24, 1956, in Rossiskii Gosudarstvennyi Arkhiv Noveishei Istorii (Russian State Archive of Contemporary History), Moscow (RGANI), F. 5, Op. 28, D. 391, Ll. 194–95. Ibid. Khrushchev’s speech at a lunch reception in honor of the Albanian

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