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Confucius and Mao in the Formation of Chinese Communist Ideology
The People’s Republic of China is officially classified a communist republic and has been for quite some time now. The Chinese Communist Party thoroughly dominates Chinese society, controlling all major governmental, economical, and cultural institutions. This formation of government can be accredited greatly to Confucius and Mao Zedong. Both of these figures significantly impacted the cultural, socialistic, and ideological beliefs in today’s modern Chinese society, as we know it.
Confucius propagated his communistic beliefs through Confucianism in China during the 6th and 5th century B.C. Confucianism has traditionally been the substance of learning, the source of values, and the social code of the Chinese people. His beliefs can be viewed as a religion and also as a philosophy. More than a creed to be professed or rejected, it affected the daily life and culture of the Taoists, Buddhists, and Christians alike in China before the establishment of the Communist regime. Confucianism has also influenced part of Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. Throughout all the Dynasties of China, Confucianism has been the basic foundational belief system to rule. During the mid 19th century, confrontations began between the Western culture and the Chinese culture. This led to a radical reconsideration of the Chinese worldview and way of life. Confucianism lost support during the Ch’ing dynasty and the Republican era began in 1911. However, Confucianism remains embedded in Chinese culture, influencing even interpretations of Marxist and other modern religious-philosophical perspectives.
Mao Zedong influenced Chinese history and Communistic thought with Maoism from 1893-1976. He not only was a principal Marxist theorist, but he was also a soldier and a statesman who led his nations Communist revolution. Mao led the Chinese Communist party from 1931 till his death and was chairman of the People’s Republic of China from 1949 to 1959. He organized Communist guerilla units to defend against the Nationalists. Despite being pushed back in battle, Mao still managed to write a great piece of literature known as the “little red book.” He organized a program called, “The Great Leap Forward” in an attempt to restructure the economy along Communist lines. Both, Confucianism and Maoism influenced Chinese thought and culture. It is with these beliefs that the Chinese thrives upon and will carry throughout genealogies.
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