Out of the many sources that explain Mao Zedong rise to power, what stroke my curiosity the most was his rise to power in Yan’an. The reason being that Yan’an was the final stopping point for Mao after the Long march and also because it was the temporary capital of the CCP during the war against the KMT and later the Japanese invasion. After reading Mark ...
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... important thing I learned when taking this class is when we read Chiang and Halliday’s book. That section of the class taught me that not all scholarly works are perfect, some could equally be bias and flawed. At the end, what I learned from taking this this class is that, as historians we read not just for facts, but also for interpretations. We have to evaluate readings, their interpretations, and the use of their sources to see if researchers had interpret history as accurately as possible. Checking if they had put away and regard their bias for sake of making logical conclusions as accurately as possible and putting the pieces together like a puzzle with the sources available. Each piece on its own has truth to them and all the pieces makes the truth whole, but as I learned in this class, you have to take into account the bias that a particular source may have.
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