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“The Chinese Communist party refers to its victory in 1949 as a ‘liberation.’ In China the story of liberation and the revolution that followed is not one of peace, liberty, and justice. It is first and foremost a story of calculated terror and systematic violence.” So begins Frank Dikötter’s stunning and revelatory chronicle of Mao Zedong’s ascension and campaign to transform the Chinese into what the party called New People. Following the defeat of Chiang Kai-shek in 1949, after a bloody…

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Fang Dazeng, famous Chinese war photographer in the late 1930s.

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10 September 1976: Death of Mao leaves power vacuum

10 September 1976: Death of Mao leaves power vacuum. Archived news report by John Gittings. (As the Guardian's China specialist, John Gittings witnessed the Cultural Revolution first hand, and in the aftermath of this report followed the rise of the Gang of Four with a keen eye. He remained the paper's East Asia editor through the Tienanmen Square massacre and the handover of Hong Kong.)

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Chinese soldier, with broadsword, ready for battle. Magazine cover from 1937, start of war with Japan.