Mao: Founder and Destroyer

Mao led the Chinese Communist Party to victory in the revolution of 1949 and began to transform the country on Stalinist lines. Within a few years, however, he abandoned the Soviet model and initiated his own utopian policies. So disastrous were these for China that Mao's eventual successor, Deng Xiaoping, abandoned Marxist economics for capitalism with spectacularly successful results.

Festival: 2007

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