Mao-Tse-Tung’s Ch’i and the Chinese Political Economy with Special Reference to the Post-Mao Modernization Revolution

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This work examines the role of Ch’i in Mao’s style of ‘uprooting the mountain of capitalism’. It argues that in uprooting this mountain, Mao adopted a policy formulation approach which reflected his very Ch’i and that his personality, thought processes and creative policies were much influenced by the Ch’i elements of hyperbole and astronomical power found in traditional political leaders and Chinese literature. It also contends that it was the ch’i-possessed Mao who originally formulated the policy of the PRC’s present ‘four modernizations’ scheme.


“This work shows that to understand Mao’s idea of political economy one needs profound knowledge of contemporary as well as traditional Chinese history, literature and philosophy. With his sound sinological background Dr. Lam, an economist political scientist, tackles this complex problem with great competence. The author has made an important contribution to both traditional and contemporary Chinese studies particularly in the field of political economy. The present volume is highly original and very enjoyable reading.” – Dr. Nanak C. Kakwani

“The author’s pioneering research regarding the ch’i-related works of Mao is a valuable contribution to the literature of political economic theory and contemporary Chinese studies. . . . a lucid presentation by virtue of relating divergent ideas.” – Dr. Nripesh Podder “. . . a significant contribution to the study of the relationship between traditional Chinese political culture and the socio-economic development of contemporary China after Mao’s advent to power. . . Lam Lai Sing has explored a new way in understanding China’s political-economic development by linking it to traditional Chinese political thought.” – Dr. Ting Wai

Table of Contents

Table of Contents (chapter headings):
1. Characteristics of the Element of Ch’i for “Uprooting the Mountain of Capitalism”
2. Mao’s Inspiration and the Origins and Development of the Concept of Ch’i
3. Mao’s Inspiration: The Ch’i of Traditional Chinese Political Leaders
4. Mao’s Perception of Ch’i in Marxism, the Political Economy of the Chinese “Utopian” Socialists and the Elements of Science and Technology.
5. Mao’s “Uprooting of the Mountain of Capitalism”
6. The Transformation of the Life of a Quarter of Mankind and Mao’s Four Modernizations Initiative
7. Ch’i and the Post-Mao Modernization Revolution
Conclusion; Notes; Select Bibliography (Chinese, English, Japanese sources); Index

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