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The “Blood of Others”: Mao’s China in the Discourse of Democratic Intellectuals During the 1950s

  • Luca Polese Remaggi
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Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)

Abstract

This chapter explores how Italian democratic intellectuals—most of them belonging to the tradition of liberalism and democratic and Anti-Stalinist Socialism—debated on the Chinese revolutionary regime, established in October 1949. The author draws attention on the purpose of dismissing the “black and white” totalitarian pattern, also taking into account the process of construction of a new discourse, that is to say the dialogue among the peoples of the world beyond the “iron curtain”. He concludes that among those intellectuals, the need to believe that China was experiencing a democratic revolution obscured the perception that Chinese communists were adopting the Stalinist idea of a revolution “from above”, namely a rapid economic and social change mixed with State terrorism.

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  • Luca Polese Remaggi
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  1. 1.Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici (DIPSUM)Università di SalernoFiscianoItaly

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