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The Chinese Revolution And The Self Identity Of The Chinese Nation

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This chapter attempts to briefly outline the successes, failures, contradictions, and world historical significance of the revolution, including searches and pursuits in New China, and through this clarify a few of the indivisible basic concepts and principles of 20th century revolutionary history integral to the current struggle and self-orientation. Before correcting the sheer distortions of historical reality involved in these claims, the mere questions themselves of why revolution was chosen instead of piecemeal reforms and why socialism was chosen instead of capitalism are already fully ahistorical. The Cold War mentality has not yet disappeared in the post-Cold War era. As regards China's modernization efforts, historical experiences of revolution and socialism are their principal organizational and cultural resources. Losing those resources would mean the loss of the essence, lifeblood, confidence, and integrity of the Chinese people's modern existence.

Keywords: capitalism; Chinese Revolution; Cold War; socialism



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