Remembering Socialist China 1949-1976


Since the 1990’s mainstream media and mainstream scholarship both within ad outside China tend to portray contemporary China in terms of the so-called ‘open up and reform’ in the post Mao period. In their propaganda, the post- Mao Chinese ‘economic miracle’, inspired by Deng Xiaoping’s dictum ‘getting rich is glorious’, has produced double-digit growth of GDP for more than twenty years.



on October 1, 1949, at Tiananmen Square, Mao Zedong pro-claimed the creation of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Ten days earlier, on September 21, 1949, Mao had declared to the delegates of the Chinese Political Consultative Conference, in words that would reverberate through the world