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Table of contents

1. Summary of one chapter ............................................................................................................. 3

2. Rewriting in another narrative perspective ............................................................................. 4

3. Book review ................................................................................................................................... 5

4. Useful vocabulary list with contextualisation ......................................................................... 7

5. New cover picture of the book .................................................................................................. 9


1. Summary of one chapter

Chapter IV) The Correct Handling of Contradictions Among the People

At the beginning Mao Tse-tung defines the two types of social contradictions. He

clarifies who are “the people” and “the enemy”. The People are all classes and social

groups which favour and support the socialist system, while the social forces and groups

which resist the socialist revolution are all “enemies”. He lists the different possible

contradictions among the people, for example between the working class and the


Afterwards Mao lists the six most important criteria which words and actions of the

people are right or wrong in the socialist path, for example in his opinion words and

actions are right, when they help to consolidate, and not undermine or weaken, the

people’s democratic dictatorship. On the other hand, he says that the only way to settle

questions of an ideological nature among people is by democratic methods of

discussion, and education and not by the method of repression. To be able to carry on

their production the people want that their government gives clear administrative

orders and that they must be accompanied by persuasion and education.

He writes in the next part that they must criticize wrong ideas and mistakes and that

they need scientific analysis and convincing arguments. In the next part he describes

that the contradictions are universal but the methods of solving the forms of struggle

differ according to the detailed contradictions. At the end of the chapter, he describes

the contradiction between the working class and the national bourgeoisie. It is written

that the bourgeoisie is willing to accept the socialist transformation and that it must

handle properly to solve the contradiction and not to accept that they become an


He underlines that one must take care about that it doesn’t happen like in Hungary that

imperialists achieve their conspiratorial aims inside a socialist country.


2. Rewriting in another narrative perspective

Chapter IV) The Correct Handling of Contradictions Among the People

Mao Tse-tung describes that we are confronted by two types of social contradictions -

those between ourselves and the enemy and those among the people themselves. He

underlines that these two are totally different in their nature and to understand these

two different types of contradictions correctly, we must first be clear on what is meant

by "the people" and what is meant by "the enemy".

He mentions at the present stage, the period of building socialism, the classes, strata

and social groups which favour, support and work for the cause of socialist construction

all come within the category of the people, while the social forces and groups which

resist the socialist revolution and are hostile to or sabotage socialist construction are all

enemies of the people. He announces that in the conditions prevailing in China today,

the contradictions among the people comprise the contradictions within the working

class, the contradictions within the peasantry, the contradictions within the

intelligentsia, the contradictions between the working class and the peasantry, the

contradictions between the workers and peasants on the one hand and the intellectuals

on the other, the contradictions between the working class and other sections of the

working people on the one hand and the national bourgeoisie on the other, the

contradictions within the national bourgeoisie, and so on.

Mao Tse-tung says about the People's Government that it is one that genuinely

represents the people's interests, that it is a government that serves the people.

Nevertheless, he proclaims that there are still certain contradictions between the

government and the people and that these include contradictions among the interests

of the state, the interests of the collective and the interests of the individual; between

democracy and centralism; between the leadership and the led; and the contradiction

arising from the bureaucratic style of work of certain government workers in their

relations with the masses. All these mentions Mao as contradictions among the people

and that generally speaking, the people's basic identity of interests underlies the

contradictions among the people.


3. Book review


"Revolutionary Words of Wisdom: Exploring the Timeless Quotations of Chairman Mao



Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung, also known as the Little Red Book, is a

collection of speeches and writings by the Chinese leader Mao Tse-tung. First published

in 1964, the book quickly became a worldwide phenomenon, spreading Mao's political

and ideological beliefs across the globe. Mao's teachings on communism, revolution,

and the struggle against imperialism have influenced generations of activists and

politicians. This work offers insights into the mind of one of the 20th century's most

influential figures and helps to understand the history and ideology of China's

Communist Party.

Main part:

"Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung" is not a book with a conventional setting,

plot, or characters, as it is a collection of Mao's speeches, writings, and interviews

compiled by the Communist Party of China. However, the context of its publication and

distribution is significant to understanding its impact.

The book was published during the height of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, a period

where Mao Tse-tung started to establish a new socialist order in China. The Little Red

Book became a central tool for spreading Mao's ideology and mobilizing the masses.

The main "characters" of the book are Mao Tse-tung himself and the Communist Party

of China, which published and distributed the book. The book's purpose was to elevate

Mao to a cult-like status and to promote his ideas as the guiding principles of the

Communist Party.

The plot of the book can be seen as a series of philosophical and political thoughts on

the nature of revolution, the class struggle and socialist construction. Mao's writings

address issues such as the role of the masses in revolution, the importance of ideological

purity, and the need for constant self-criticism and struggle.

The language of the book is characterized by its precision. Mao's writing is often

aphoristic, using short statements to widespread his ideas and popularity.

One of the special stylistic devices used in the book is repetition. Mao frequently

repeats key phrases and slogans to emphasize his points and to create a sense of unity

and discipline among his followers. The book also features a distinctive red cover and

small pocket-sized format, which made it easy to carry and distribute.

Overall, "Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung" is an important historical document

that offers insights into Mao's political and philosophical thinking, as well as the

ideology and methods of the Chinese Communist Party.



"Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung" is an influential work of political philosophy

that has had a profound impact on Chinese and global history. It is considered a

cornerstone of Maoist thought and remains an important text for understanding the

ideology and methods of the Chinese Communist Party.

It’s worth noting that the book has been criticized for promoting a cult of personality

around Mao and for contributing to the excesses of the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

If you are interested in the history of China, communism, or political philosophy,

"Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung" may be a worth to read but it’s not a book

which you read with pleasure and fun.

However, it is important to approach the book critically and with an awareness of its

historical context.


4. Useful vocabulary list with contextualisation

Useful word or


Sentence from the book

1 vigilance Just because we have won

victory, we must never relax

our vigilance against

the frenzied plots for

revenge by the imperialists

and their running dogs.

Definition of word or


great care that is taken to

notice any signs of danger

or trouble

2 Frenzied involving a lot of activity

3 ferocious When we say, “imperialism is

ferocious", we mean that its

nature will never change,

that the imperialists will

never lay down their butcher

knives, that they will never

become Buddhas, till their


4 appraisal The Communist Party of

China, having made a clearheaded

appraisal of the

international and domestic

situation on the basis of the

science of Marxism-Leninism

5 indefatigable Every Communist working in

the mass movements should

be a friend of the masses

and not a boss over them, an

indefatigable teacher and

not a bureaucratic politician.

6 self-reliance Self-reliance and arduous


and strong emotions in a

way that is often violent or

frightening and not under


very aggressive or violent;

very strong

a judgement of the value,

performance or nature of


never giving up or getting

tired of doing something

the ability to do or decide

things by yourself, rather

than depending on other

people for help

7 arduous involving a lot of effort and

energy, especially over a

period of time

8 rashness The comrades must be

helped to remain modest,

prudent and free from

arrogance and rashness in

their style of work.

the fact of doing

something that may not be

sensible without first

thinking about the possible



9 indomitable The comrades throughout

the Party must take all this

fully into account and be

prepared to overcome all

difficulties with an

indomitable will and in a

planned way.

10 inertia Ideas of stagnation,

pessimism, inertia and

complacency are all wrong.

not willing to accept

defeat, even in a difficult

situation; very brave and


lack of energy; lack of

desire or ability to move or


11 complacency a feeling of being satisfied

with yourself or with a

situation, so that you do

not think any change is

necessary; the state of

being complacent

12 malicious Anyone should be allowed

to speak out, whoever he

may be, so long as he is not a

hostile element and does

not make malicious attacks,

and it does not matter if he

says something wrong.

13 merely "Grasp firmly." That is to say,

the Party committee must

not merely "grasp", but must

"grasp firmly", its main


14 coercion Communists must use the

democratic method of

persuasion and education

when working among the

labouring people and must

on no account resort to

commandism or coercion.

15 adheres The Chinese Communist

Party faithfully adheres to

this Marxist-Leninist


having or showing a desire

to harm somebody or hurt

their feelings, caused by a

feeling of hate

used meaning ‘only’ or

‘simply’ to emphasize a fact

or something that you are


the action of making

somebody do something

that they do not want to

do, using force or

threatening to use force

believe in and follow the

practices of


5. New cover picture of the book


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