Mao's Little Red Book: A Global History

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Alexander C. Cook
Cambridge University Press, Mar 6, 2014 - History
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Mao Zedong's Little Red Book (Quotations from Chairman Mao) - a compilation of the Chinese leader's speeches and writings - is one of the most visible and ubiquitous symbols of twentieth-century radicalism. Published for the first time in 1964, it rapidly became the must-have accessory for Red Guards and revolutionaries from Berkeley to Bamako. Yet, despite its worldwide circulation and enduring presence there has, until now, been no serious scholarly effort to understand this seminal text as a global historical phenomenon. Mao's Little Red Book brings together a range of innovative scholars from around the world to explore the fascinating variety of uses and forms that Mao's Quotations has taken, from rhetoric, art and song, to talisman, badge, and weapon. The authors of this pioneering volume use Mao's Quotations as a medium through which to re-examine the history of the twentieth-century world, challenging established ideas about the book to reveal its remarkable global impact.

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A collection of essays by academics about Mao's Little Red Book, i.e., the Quotations of Chairman Mao Zedong, promises to be a tough read. Amazingly, for the most part, this book isn't. As the essays ... Read full review


the spiritual atom bomb and its global fallout
origins and spread of the Little Red Book
portable media and the Maoist pop song
Translation and internationalism
material connections and shared
the Little Red Book in India
The influence of Maoism in Peru
Maos Little Red Thing in
Mao and the Albanians
the Mao Bible in East
the flourishing of French Maoism
Quotations from Chairman Mao and the making
In the beginning is the word popular

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Alexander C. Cook is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches modern Chinese history. His research examines Maoism in its domestic and global contexts. His publications include the chapter on 'Third World Maoism' in A Critical Introduction to Mao (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and a forthcoming book on the Gang of Four trial in China.

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