Since 1949, when the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) took power in China, the theoretical basis of Chinese political authority has been designated by the CCP as a combination of Marxism-Leninism and Mao Zedong Thought. Whether each ideology influenced Mao’s politics, or whether one did so independently of the others, has been the subject of much discussion and academic debate. Conclusions vary considerably. These either isolate and argue in favour of certain Marxist or Maoist principles, or they integrate the two on the basis of Confucian precedents.
KeywordsCapitalist Nation Chinese Communist Party Chinese Peasant Democratic Centralism Chinese Revolution
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