The China Chronicle

By: Haley Sisco

Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong was born December 26, 1983 into a peasant family. He trained to be a teacher, and he traveled to Beijing where he worked at the University Library and his interest of communism began when he started to read Marxist literature. Zedong began to get more involved into the Chinese government; he was a founder of the Chinese communist party and eventually he became the leader for the Chinese communist, also being the founder of the people's Republic Of China. Mao Zedong's role in the Chinese Communistic area evolving had positive and negative effects. Most effectively taking place would be the influence of communist in China, with him becoming involved with China caused his beliefs of communist to be spread through out the area. Mao Zedong also liberated the Chinese people from economic depression and social oppression; this gave women equal status, opened China to Western ideas and expanded China's economy. During the Culture Revolution Zedong reduced many things that was threatening to destroy China, such as battling corruption, strengthened the economy and reduced soviet style bureaucracy. Mao Zedong did bring China to a much better place, but all of his good things did come to an end as he died September 9, 1976.

The Long March

October 16, 1934, the long march broke out. Chinese communist went though nationalist enemy lines and began a flight from headquarters in southwest china. The Long March lasted about a year and covered around 4,000 miles, this marked the acceptance of Mao Zedong to be the leader of the Chinese Communist. Because of The Long March, the communist ended up well out of touch from their enemies and were able to regain their strength safely. While at the time to the communist this seemed like a good idea, it ended up being very expensive which they would end up having to pay off if in debt. There were positive effects the long march had on the communist such as being able to regroup in the north; the communist gained widespread support from peasants. As The Long March did affect the communist, it was mainly in a way that was helping them become more widespread and "common."

The Establishment Of The People's Republic Of China in 1949

The proclamation of the establishment of the people's republic of china in 1949 was the climax of the never ending battle between Mao's communist and the government of nationalist Chinese leader Chiang Kai-Shek. Ever since the establishment of the people's republic of china, the politics and economy of china have changed several times due to the leaders and there views on how things should be. With this establishment taking place, basically the views on China's government was able to be sorted out based off of the People's Republic.

Tiananmen Square

Series of protesting taking place in China June 3rd through the 4th, 1989; several hundreds of civilians were shot by the Chinese Army to shut down the democratic protest in Beijing, Tiananmen Square. Mainly students occupying the square refusing to move unless democratic reforms were met; this all began from a march led by students in memory of former leader Hu Yaobang who died a week before. This tragic event didn't have much of an positive effect on China then it did negatively. Many people after the Tiananmen Square were being imprisoned or executed, because of the actions that took place during the protesting; people put up photographs of bodies for people to see as a warning of what was the effect of them protesting. The loss of thousands of lives was depressing for many, but for them they knew there was nothing they could do to effect the mass "murdering" from occurring. After the major event there carried on to be "little Tiananmen" which was people defending their homes from being taken away or retired workers seeking payments for the work they were doing. While the protesting went on for some time, people that were imprisoned because of the Tiananmen Square have been released and the no useful reason of punishment was put to an end.