MAO Zedong and the chinese civil war
Mao Zedong founding Father of the People's Republic of China. He became one of the early members of the party,but soon became a senior member. In 1922, the communists agreed to an alliance with the Kuomintang, a nationalist revolutionary party, who Mao aided in creating a revolutionary peasant army and organizing land reform. But, in 1927 KMT''s military ruler, Chiang Kaishek, broke the alliance and set about a anti- communist purge. In turn the CPC formed an army of peasant militia and the Chinese Civil War began. Mao controlled part of the army at this time and rose to power in the party. During this time Japan was trying to expand it's territory in WWII, the two groups joined forces to fight off the invasion in which later resulted in a victory. After this the Civil War continued with Mao leading his Red Army to victory and Chang and his supporters fleeing to Taiwan. Mao at this point became the head of the CPC, which was the head of the state. He made China a totalitarian state with himself as the dictator. Mao was praised for building China into a world power, giving more rights to women, improving education and healthcare, providing universal housing, and raising life expectancy. Mao is praised for these things and is still considered a great leader despite downfalls like the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution.