This book, first published in 1974, was the only one to treat China’s foreign policy in its entirety, both as the subject of historically documented narrative (before and since the Liberation of 1949) and as the product of ideas themselves requiring analysis. It is also unique in approaching these ideas by the route they took into the Chinese consciousness: for Mao the young Chinese republic was a ‘semi-colony’ over which the imperialists were falling out. His revolution would float like a boat on top of their ‘contradictions’.

chapter |7 pages


part One|2 pages

The world and the Chinese Revolution

part Two|2 pages

The world and the People’s Republic

chapter 11|15 pages

Mao and imperialism

chapter 12|24 pages

Mao and the Soviet Union

chapter |12 pages

Conclusion: China in the world