The people of china love their Chairman Mao and ask them to describe their much loved leader; you will be amazed by the range of the adjectives attached with his name. Not only a statesman, Chairman Mao was a great poet, a political theorist, a great swimmer and above all an earnest soldier dedicated to the well being of his nation.
It was a tragic phase in China’s life when its own people were torn apart by the bloody civil war. The Civil war was however ended in the victory of Communist Party followed by the establishment of People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949 in Beijing.
Great men do not only dream, they struggle to give their dreams shape and Chairman Mao did just this. Mao’s active leadership in China’s communist revolution helped him to rise to power in the circle of communist party. His fierce leadership helped to breath in fresh air in the communist China devastated by decades of foreign occupation and civil war of the 20th century. He conceived a number of programs including Anti-Rightist Campaign, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution with an aim to build a prosperous China.
The years between 1937-1945 are important phase in Mao’s political career. It is the phase that also coincided with the two historical events, namely the World War 2 and Sino-Japanese war. It was the time when he engaged in the “Long March,” that helped him to emerge as the chairman Mao. During World War 2, China was viewed by the USA as a probable ally for china’s engaging war with Japan. However, after the end of World War 2, USA’s support rested with Chiang Kai Shek and not Mao.
As a champion of communism, he along with his comrades voiced full support for the causes of Vietnam War. This Vietnam War offered him yet another opportunity to unite the Chinese proletariat against the imperialist power of the capitalist West.
Although Mao made serious mistakes in his latter course of life, He has often been regarded by his countrymen as a great tactician and military strategist.