Mao on Warfare

Mao Zedong

Introduction by Arthur Waldron

ISBN 9781627740081
Format Trade Paperback
Trim Size 6x9 
Pages 272
List Price $20
Published August 2013

Mao on Warfare compiles Mao Zedong's principal works on martial theory, including On Guerrilla Warfare and On Protracted War. In On Guerrilla Warfare, Mao explores China’s long history of guerrilla warfare, beginning with the Chu and Han dynasties. Mao relates the expansion in the theories, tactics and strategies of guerrilla warfare as practiced by the People’s Liberation Army in the Chinese Civil War.

In On Protracted War, Mao analyzes the fundamental questions of warfare from the standpoint of dialectical materialism. Mao used On Protracted War to explain tactics developed in World War II and instrumental in China’s campaigns against the Japanese occupation. On Protracted War also reviews strategies Mao employed in the Chinese Civil War.

Mao on Warfare is of primary interest to military experts and scholars, as well as to casual readers with an interest in warfare in general and Chinese martial history in particular.

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About the Author:

Mao Zedong (26 December 1893 – 9 September 1976) was a founder of the Chinese Communist Party and ultimately the People’s Republic of China. Time Magazine placed him in their list of the ‘100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century' and he is widely regarded as one of the most significant figures in contemporary history.

Arthur Waldron is the Lauder Professor of International Relations in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania. His specialties are the history of China and Eurasia, and the history of war and violence. He is the author of The Great Wall of China: From History to Myth and From War to Nationalism: China's Turning Point, 1924-1925, as well as author, editor, or contributor to about twenty other books. Professor Waldron was educated at Harvard. Before coming to Penn he taught at Princeton and at the Naval War College.

Read Arthur Waldron's introduction to Mao on Warfare.