Who would’ve thought one of the most dangerous Communist leaders of all times would be born into a wealthy (as a result of a family farm) Confucian schooled family? Mao Zedong’s unlikely circumstances claim the epitome of irony. Growing up resentful of his environment, the fearlessly bloodthirsty former Chairman of China made many permanent (as of yet) changes to Chinese society and morals. Though Confucianism officially ended in China in 1905, Mao Zedong’s years as chairman blended the Chinese society into a Communist one.
Growing up in a traditional and wealthy family, Mao attended a good, but Confucianist primary school. It was in these years that he began his hate for Confucius, his teachings, beliefs, and policies. Mao was a revolutionist at heart, and spent his formative education years in novels instead of scholarly readings. Eventually graduating primary school, Mao worked on his family farm, getting to spend more time in books of his political choice - of Communism, Marxism, and Leninism. These books fired revolution in his soul and he developed strong political opinions, forming what would eventually become Maoism. Very influenced by Zheng Guanying during his secondary education, Mao became involved, through military service, in the Xinhai Revolution of overthrowing the monarchy.
Post-revolution Mao found himself studying to become a teacher, but when graduated, jobless. So, instead of going into teaching, Mao went into politics and became part of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party). The CCP eventually formed the Red Army, a revolutionary group of peasants. During the early fights, rebels, and revolts of the Red Army, Mao’s power was doubted when he started to take plans and fight plots into his own hands. These disagreements, however, were soon shushed after they found that they needed Mao’s fiery. After much struggling, Mao and the Red Army were able to defeat the Guomindang and Mao became the official Chairman of China through the Communist Party of China.
Mao’s reign was frightening to say the least....