Maoist History, Maoist Myth

Maoist History, Maoist Myth

On the subject of totalitarian states, it has been said that the most reliable writers essentially pertain to two categories: those who live outside and are not allowed in—and those who live inside and are not allowed out. In recent years, however, some changes have been taking place, particularly regarding China: now, to some extent, serious scholars and journalists can carry their researches into the field, whereas a number of Chinese intellectuals are able to visit Western countries. Still, the old axiom has not become entirely obsolete. It retains at least a fundamental cautionary value: considering the very nature of these regimes, their pervasive ability to manipulate information, and their basic view that ultimately every undertaking is…

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Wurgraft | University of California Press Lima