Mao’s Road to Power: Revolutionary Writings 1912-1949

Volume IX & X Published

In February, the two final volumes of this book series  completes the  translations of Mao Zedong’s writings from 1912 to 1949 providing abundant documentation in his own words on his life and thoughts as well as developments in China during the pre-1949 period.

The penultimate volume in the series, Volume IX, covers in 690 pages the period from the Japanese Surrender through the Chinese Communist Party’s Strategic Defense during the Civil War, August 1945 to June 1947. Volume X runs to 942 pages , covers the period from the Chinese Communist Party’s Strategic Offense during the Civil War to the Establishment of the People’s Republic of China, July 1947 to October 1949.

The Routledge  published Mao’s Road to Power: Revolutionary Writings: Volume IX and Volume X, were co-edited by Joseph Fewsmith, Professor of International Relations at Boston University, and Nancy Hearst, the librarian at Harvard University’s Fairbank Collection of the H.C. Fung Library. Previous volumes involved the scholarship of Stuart R. Schram, Nancy Hearst, Roderick MacFarquhar, and toil of researchers, typists and unnamed librarians etc.

Mao’s Road to Power Revolutionary Writings was an academic endeavour with matching price tag:

 Volume IX –  Published February 2023, the Blackwell website prices it at £233.50 print copy, there is also an eBook edition available.

 Volume X – the final volume runs to 942 pages, takes us up to October 1949, the creation of the People’s Republic of China, marking the completion of the long process of revolutionary upheaval begun by the Chinese Revolution of 1911. 

W H Smith prices a copy at £120 but offers ebook at £33.99

[Whereas the Selected Works of Mao published by Foreign language Press (Paris) are available at $15 each.]

The first 8 volumes of the Mao’s Road to Power: Revolutionary Writings:  series have been scanned and can be found on various internet sites, and is referenced in the on-going exploration of the Chinese revolution at People’s History of Ideas Podcast.

  • v. 1. The pre-Marxist period, 1912-1920
  • v. 2. National revolution and social revolution, December 1920-June 1927
  • v. 3. From the Jinggangshan to the establishment of the Jiangxi Soviets, July 1927-December 1930
  • v. 4. Th rise and fall of the Chinese Soviet Republic, 1931-1934
  • v. 5. Toward the second united front, January 1935-July 1937
  • v. 6. The new stage, August 1937-1938
  • v. 7. New democracy, 1939-1941
  • v. 8. From rectification to coalition government, 1942-July 1945.

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