The Writings of Chairman Mao Tse-tung

Comrade Mao Tse-tung

Comrade Mao Tse-tung

Chairman Mao Tse-tung was one of the small group of towering giants produced as a result of the struggles of the workers and peasants throughout the world in the 19th and early 20th centuries. (The others were Karl Marx, Frederick Engels, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin and Enver Hoxha.)

Selected Works – published during the period of Socialism

The decision to published a comprehensive collected of the written works of Chairman Mao Tse-tung was taken in the early days of the Great Socialist Cultural Revolution, appearing in many world languages in a very short period of time. However, the 4 volumes produced during that period only went up to 16th September 1949, a couple of weeks before the Declaration of the People’s Republic. For this reason the ‘official’ Selected Works only includes these 4 volumes. 

Selected Works, Volume 1

Selected Works, Volume 1

 

The First and Second Revolutionary Civil War Period – March 1926 – August 1937.

Includes many important works such as:

Analysis of classes in Chinese Society

A Single Spark can Start a Prairie Fire

On Practice

On Contradiction 

 

Selected Works, Volume 2

Selected Works, Volume 2

 

The Period of the War of Resistance Against Japan (I) – July 23rd 1937 – May 8th 1941

Includes many important works such as:

Combat Liberalism

Problems of Strategy in Guerrilla War Against Japan

On Protracted War

On New Democracy

Selected Works, Volume 3

Selected Works, Volume 3

 

The Period of the War of Resistance Against Japan (II) – March 1941 – August 9th 1945

Includes many important works such as:

Reform Our Study

Talks at Yenan Forum on Literature and Art

On Coalition Government

The Foolish Man who Removed the Mountains

 

Selected Works, Volume 4

Selected Works, Volume 4

 

The Third Revolutionary Civil War Period – August 13th 1845 – September 16th 1949

Includes many important works such as:

Talk with the American Correspondent Anna Louise Strong

Correct the ‘Left’ Errors in Land Reform Propaganda

Carry the Revolution Through to the End

 

Index to Selected Works (and Selected Military Writings)

An academically produced index of the four ‘official’ volumes of the Selected Works of Chairman Mao Tse-tung which might be found useful.

Index to Selected Works of Chairman Mao

Index to Selected Works of Chairman Mao

Selected Works – produced in the early stages of the counter-revolution

Only one further volume of the Selected Works of Chairman Mao Tse-tung was produced by the state-run Foreign Languages Press in Peking. It was produced whilst the coup for the leadership of the Communist Party of China was still in progress. Produced within a year of the Chairman’s death was probably too short a time for serious political ‘revision’ to have occurred but this has to be considered when referring to contentious issues that might appear in this volume. Although there was an intention to continue the production of the Selected Works nothing else appeared after Volume 5. (The ‘Publication Note’ on pages 5-6 gives an idea of the situation of flux at the time of publication.)

Selected Works, Volume 5

Selected Works, Volume 5

The period of the Socialist revolution and Socialist Construction (I) – September 21st 1949 – November 18th 1957

Includes interesting, and some important, works such as:

Liu Shao-chi and Yang Shang-kun Criticized for breach of Discipline in Issuing Documents in the Name of the Central Committee Without Authorization

Combat Bourgeois Ideas in the Party

On the Correct handling of Contradictions Among the People 

 

Selected Works – collected together outside of China

Once it became clear that the Chinese Revisionists would not be publishing more of Chairman Mao’s Selected Works (or that they couldn’t be trusted if they did) various groupings around the world made attempts to glean through the mass of paperwork and try to determine what might have been produced by the Chairman. This was not as difficult as it might first be thought. Chairman Mao had a very distinctive style and anyone steeped in his work would be able to make a more than intelligent guess whether a work was by him or not. This was especially the case during the early days of the Cultural Revolution when many editorials or unsigned articles were almost certainly from the pen of the great Socialist leader.

The first of those (under the name Volume VI) goes away from the style of the first Five volumes in that it attempts to pick up articles and writings that might have been omitted from those earlier volumes.

Selected Works, Volume VI

Selected Works, Volume VI

 

From April 1917 – April 1946

Includes titles such as:

Oppose Book Worship

The League of Nations is a League of Robbers

To be Attacked by the Enemy is not a bad Thing but a Good Thing

 

 

Selected Works Volume VII is still a work in progress. What has already been produced can be seen by visiting the Marxist Internet Archive website on Selected Works of Mao Tse-tung: Vol VII.

Likewise, Volume VIII is a work in progress but we have access to to downloadable version, of what has already been produced, so that is included here.

Selected Works, Volume VIII - partial

Selected Works, Volume VIII – partial

 

From January 1958 – 1961.

Includes titles such as:

Red and Expert

Communes are Better

Critique of Stalin’s ‘Economic Problems of Socialism in the USSR’

 

 

 

Volume IX, produced in India in 1994, returns to the format first used in China in 1967. What’s important about this edition is that this is the first attempt to cover some of the crucial years of the Great Socialist Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) in any depth.

Selected Works, Volume IX

Selected Works, Volume IX

 

From May 1963 – September 12th 1971

Includes articles such as:

Where do the Correct ideas Come From?

The Soviet Leading Clique is a Mere Dust Heap

Talk at a Meeting of the Central Cultural Revolution Group

Speech to the Albanian Military Delegation

 

Mao Zedong On Diplomacy

Mao Zedong On Diplomacy

 

 

This is a strange one, taking into account where (Beijing) and when (a 1998 translation of the Chinese edition of 1994) it was published. This doesn’t mean that the translations are not accurate or complete (although they might be) but in reading them we must have, at the back of our mind, why were they produced at that particular time.

 

 

Mao Zedong on Dialectical Materialism

Mao Zedong on Dialectical Materialism

 

 

A detailed look at some of the essays that Chairman Mao produced whilst in Yenan in 1937. This was to culminate in the seminal works of On Contradiction and On Practice.

 

 

 

 

 

The following volumes contain various material produced by Chairman Mao in the years before the declaration of the People’s Republic of China in October 1949. They have been collected from numerous sources and their validity and accuracy cannot be verified. As with all collections of Mao’s writing published after his death, whether in China or outside, these have to be treated with care. The very title of the books (Mao’s Road to Power) should already start the alarm bells ringing. There are too many entities with an agenda to distort what he had written but are included here with the aim of making as much material as possible available to those with an interest in the ideas of one of the most significant thinkers of the 20th century.

N.B. These are very large files!

Mao's Road to Power - Vol 1

Mao’s Road to Power – Vol 1

 

 

Early writings of the young Mao Tse-tung as he was developing his own ideas before adopting Marxism as the basis of his ideology. 

 

 

 

 

Mao's Road to Power - Vol 2

Mao’s Road to Power – Vol 2

 

 

The period in the 1920s when Mao was involved with both the Kuomintang and the young Chinese Communist Party, having an impact upon both.

 

 

 

 

 

The following volume (No 3) is in two parts due to file size limitations.

Mao's Road to Power - Vol 3 - Part 1

Mao’s Road to Power – Vol 3 – Part 1

Mao's Road to Power - Vol 3 - Part 2

Mao’s Road to Power – Vol 3 – Part 2

 

 

Writings by Mao about the development of the Chinese Communist Party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The start of Mao’s interest, and study, of military strategy and tactics.

 

 

 

 

Mao's Road to Power - Vol 4

Mao’s Road to Power – Vol 4

 

 

 

The period of the Chinese Soviet republic in Jianxi and inner-Party struggles within the Communist Party of China

 

 

 

 

Mao's Road to Power - Vol 5

Mao’s Road to Power – Vol 5

 

 

 

Covering the period of The Long March.

 

 

 

 

 

The following two volumes (Nos 6 and 7) are also in two parts due to file size limitations.

Mao's Road to Power - Vol 6 - Part 1

Mao’s Road to Power – Vol 6 – Part 1

 

 

The time of the United Front with the Kuomintang against Japanese aggression.

 

 

 

 

 

Mao's Road to Power - Vol 6 - Part 2

Mao’s Road to Power – Vol 6 – Part 2

 

 

The period in which Mao outlined his interpretation of Dialectical Materialism in works such as On Contradiction and On Practice.

 

 

 

 

 

Mao's Road to Power - Vol 7 - Part 1

Mao’s Road to Power – Vol 7 – Part 1

 

 

The period of the development of guerrilla warfare and the establishment of base areas behind Japanese lines.

 

 

 

 

 

Mao's Road to Power - Vol 7 - Part 2

Mao’s Road to Power – Vol 7 – Part 2

 

 

 

The tactic of flexible united fronts with the Kuomintang and various other groupings.

 

 

 

 

Poetry

Mao Tse-tung Poems

Mao Tse-tung Poems

 

 

Many people may be surprised to learn that Chairman Mao was also an accomplished poet. Although one of the world’s most revolutionary thinkers his poetry very much follows the traditional style developed over the centuries.

Selected Readings

In the late 1960s, as well as producing the Four Volumes of the Selected Works, the Foreign Languages Press also produced a volume of Selected Readings. This single volume contained many of the most important, and most studied, of Chairman Mao’s writings during the period of the Cultural Revolution – not just in China but in many countries of the world.

Selected Readings

Selected Readings

Writings on Military Affairs

It is sometimes forgotten that as well as being the principal theoretical leader of the Chinese Revolution Chairman Mao was also a very able military commander. During his lifetime various collections of writings devoted to military affair were published. Although useful in a military sense to this day it is important top remember Chairman Mao’s dictum of always ‘putting politics in command’ – without that military success will always be transitory.

Selected Military Writings

Selected Military Writings

 

Contains articles such as:

Why is it Red Political Power can Exist in China?

On Correcting Mistaken Ideas in the Party

Problems of War and Strategy

Manifesto of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army

 

On Protracted War

On Protracted War

 

 

 

Not just a treatise on warfare but one of Chairman Mao’s most important contributions to Marxist-Leninist theory.

 

 

 

Six Essays on Military Affairs

Six Essays on Military Affairs

 

 

 

Six of the most important and relevant essays that Chairman Mao wrote related to the successful outcome of a military campaign. 

 

 

 

On Guerrilla Warfare

On Guerrilla Warfare

 

 

A pamphlet with the basic principles of Guerrilla Warfare that was widely disseminated throughout ‘Free’ China after it was first published in 1937. Produced by the US military, thereby proving the importance of ‘knowing your enemy’. Surprisingly not published in the Selected Works.

 

 

Mao Zedong's Art Of War

Mao Zedong’s Art Of War

 

 

A look at Chairman Mao’s military strategy as it was put into practice in the National Liberation War against the Japanese invaders and then the Civil War against the reactionary Kuomintang forces under the leadership of  Chiang Kai-shek.

 

 

 

 Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung – The ‘Little Red Book’

Produced in millions, in dozens of languages, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, here we have short quotations that distill the essence of Mao Tse-tung Thought.

Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung

Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung

Literature and Art

From the very early days of the struggle to free his country from foreign domination Chairman Mao was aware of the importance of literature and art in any National Liberation struggle as it enabled the oppressed people to establish their own, independent identity. This was developed as the successful struggle of the Chinese People against the Japanese invaders developed into a Civil War for the establishment of a Socialist state. The importance of literature and art probably reached its apogee in China during the Great Socialist Cultural Revolution when the likes of Peking Opera was adapted to represent the struggles and desires of the working people. That theoretical basis came from Mao’s writings during the Anti-Japanese war of Resistance.

On Literature And Art

On Literature And Art

 

Includes:

Talks at the Yenan Forum on Literature and Art – May 1942

Reform Our Study

Oppose Stereotyped Party Writing

The Problem of Culture, Education and the Intellectuals

 

Talks at the Yenan Forum on Literature and Art

Talks at the Yenan Forum on Literature and Art

 

 

 

Talks at the Yenan Forum on Literature and Art – May 1942

 

 

 

 

Five documents on Literature and Art

Five documents on Literature and Art

 

 

 

Five very short articles addressing the issue of the importance of literature and art in the building of Socialism

 

 

 

 

Mao's Talk At Yan'an Forum

Mao’s Talk At Yan’an Forum

 

 

A new translation of Chairman Mao’s ‘Talks at the Yenan Forum on Literature and Art’ together with a commentary on the elements of literary theory that it contains.

On Philosophy

Separating Chairman Mao’s writings into different ‘categories’ is always going to be problematic as all aspects of the struggle are inter-related. This pamphlet, of four essays, was one of those most studied during the period of the Great Socialist Cultural Revolution.

Four Essays on Philosophy

Four Essays on Philosophy

 

Contains:

On Practice

On Contradiction

On the Correct handing of Contradictions Among the People

Where do the Correct Ideas Come from?

 

 

 

Individual Pamphlets

Before the publication of the Selected Works and Selected Readings (downloadable above) many individual pamphlets were produced of the writings of Chairman Mao in the early 1960s, in advance of the Cultural Revolution. Some of those are reproduced below. More will be added as and when they become available. 

Preface and Postscripts to Rural Surveys

Preface and Postscripts to Rural Surveys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talk with the American Correspondent Anna Louise Strong

Talk with the American Correspondent Anna Louise Strong

 

 

Two conversations of Chairman Mao with an American journalist, when the war of liberation against the Japanese invaders had been won and the war against the US/UK /Western imperialist war was taking place against the Kuomintang – the US puppets of what became Taiwan – was still in full force. She was a true friend or revolutionary China and wrote many books to this effect. 

 

 

The Orientation of the Youth Movement

The Orientation of the Youth Movement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Urgent Tasks following the Establishment of Kuomintang-Communist Co-operation

Urgent Tasks following the Establishment of Kuomintang-Communist Co-operation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Single Spark can start a Prairie Fire

A Single Spark can start a Prairie Fire

 

 

Even when is looks like there are so many problems surrounding us that a revolutionary change is impossible we have to remember from a small acorn a mighty oak can grow – all it needs is the right conditions – and under capitalism those conditions are created by the next crisis around the corner!

 

 

 

Current Problems of Tactics in the Anti-Japanese United Front

Current Problems of Tactics in the Anti-Japanese United Front

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Mobilization of all the Nation's Forces

For the Mobilization of all the Nation’s Forces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Strengthening the Party Committee System

On Strengthening the Party Committee System

 

NO revolution of workers and peasants has achieved a modicum of success, with a chance of lasting more than the 61 days (which includes a week of slaughter of the Communards) of the Paris Commune in France (1871), WITHOUT an organised M-L Party. Get it wrong and the revolution will fail, thousands of workers will die and the revolution will be put back more than a generation.

 

 

On the tactics of fighting Japanese Imperialism

On the tactics of fighting Japanese Imperialism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Analysis of the Classes in Chinese Society

Analysis of the Classes in Chinese Society

 

 

ALL revolutionary movements, whatever country or epoch, need to understand the society in which they are working. A knowledge and understanding of the balance of class forces is vital for the success, or failure, of the revolution.

 

 

 

On the Tactics of Fighting Japanese Imperilaism

On the Tactics of Fighting Japanese Imperialism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Report on an Investigation of the Peasant Movement in Hunan

Report on an Investigation of the Peasant Movement in Hunan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why is it Red Political Power can exist in China

Why is it Red Political Power can exist in China

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the People's Democratic Dictatorship

On the People’s Democratic Dictatorship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the question of Agricultural Co-operation

On the question of Agricultural Co-operation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our study and the current situation

Our study and the current situation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chairman Mao Tse-tung's important talks with guests from Asia, Africa and Latin America

Chairman Mao Tse-tung’s important talks with guests from Asia, Africa and Latin America

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To be attacked by the enemy is not a bad thing but a good thing

To be attacked by the enemy is not a bad thing but a good thing

 

 

 

You know when you are following a correct line when the capitalist and imperialist attack your policies.

 

 

 

 

People's Democratoc Dictatorship

People’s Democratoc Dictatorship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

China's New Democracy

China’s New Democracy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three fundamental articles

Three fundamental articles

 

 

 

 

Three revolutionary ‘parables’.

 

 

 

Win the masses in their millions for the Anti-Japanese National United Front

Win the masses in their millions for the Anti-Japanese National United Front

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

People of the world unite and defeat the US aggressors and all their running dogs

People of the world unite and defeat the US aggressors and all their running dogs

 

 

A call by the Chairman for the people of the world to stand up against US imperialism. As valid now as when it was written. Published as a supplement to the weekly political and informative magazine ‘Peking Review’.

 

 

 

 

 

The works of Chairman Mao in languages other than English

The writings of Chairman Mao Tse-tung were produced in many different languages. Here we present a few in Spanish.

Citas del Presidente Mao Tse-tung

Citas del Presidente Mao Tse-tung

 

 

 

‘El pequeño libro rojo’ de citas de las obras del Presidente Mao Tse-tung.

 

 

 

 

Comentarios sobre el Manual de Economia Politica Sovietico

Comentarios sobre el Manual de Economia Politica Sovietico

 

 

 

Los comentarios del Presidente Mao sobre el Manual de Economía Política Soviético (un libro de texto por Comunistas) y sobre el libro Problemas Económicos del Socialismo en la URSS de José Stalin

 

 

 

La guerra de guerrillas

La guerra de guerrillas

 

 

 

Un pequeño libro con los principios fundamentales de La guerra de guerrillas, originalmente publicada en 1937.

 

 

 

 

Cinco Tésis Filosòficas

Cinco Tésis Filosòficas

 

Sobre la Práctica

Sobre la Contradicción

Sobre el tratamiento correcto de las contradicciones en el seno del pueblo

Discurso ante la conferencia nacional del PCP sobre el trabajo de propaganda

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