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Yashika Dhall
Yashika Dhall

Long Live the Great Marxist- Leninist Mao Zedong Thought

Long Live the Great Marxist- Leninist Mao Zedong Thought

History 1111
Professor Ingram
February 1, 2013

History 1111
Professor Ingram
February 1, 2013

Since the 1970s, Stefan R. Landsberger had collected Chinese propaganda posters and developed his collection into one of the largest private collections in the world. They have become a rich primary source dealing with many important subjects in contemporary Chinese history. Mao Zedong, for instance was one of these prominent subjects, being the inspiration for much of the propaganda in China since 1949. One of the numerous posters depicting this great chairman of the People’s Republic was collected in 1971, originally shown at the ‘Shaanxi Provincial Class Education Exhibition Hall’. The poster depicts, Mao standing ahead of the four great leaders of communism: Stalin, Lenin, Engels, and Marx. Behind them is the communist flag and crowds of people and the red Guards, cheering and proclaiming their love for their leader, lastly, on the bottom is the caption, “Long Live the Great Marxism- Leninism Mao Zedong Thought” . The reason the poster holds such significance for its time is because it was a piece, like many others during the time of propaganda aimed at persuading the public to support its cause. It had the job of propelling Maoist thought to the masses and effectively captured in one frame what Maoist China as supposed to uphold and follow. The poster’s use of propaganda techniques particularly Mao’s charismatic leadership made this propaganda poster in Mao’s campaign for the cultural revolution memorable and compelling.

Contrasting the huge loss of life endured by people through Mao’s ‘Great Leap forward’ and “Cultural Revolution’, many of the people, “mostly the younger generation” adored Mao. He received a type of adulation from teenagers as if her were a celebrity. Liu Xiaoqing (who during the 1980s...
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