Living Revolution | People's Liberation Army

The People's Liberation Army was seen as a true People's Army: from the people, of the people, and for the people -- both the guardian of the state and the protector of the people. Communist Party propaganda held up a popular image of the army; films, fiction, and stage productions celebrated the PLA, and created a pantheon of army heroes for mass consumption.

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A Soldier's Diary (in Chinese only)

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See also Stefan Landsberger's Chinese Propaganda Posters site



Related articles

Liu Ying-chun: A Fine Son of the Chinese People: "Liu Ying-chun's short life was one of studying, carrying out, disseminating and defending Mao Tse-tung's thought; of complete service to the people with all his heart and soul. It was the glorious, great and militant life of a proletarian fighter."

A Heroic Company Armed with Mao Tse-tung's Thought: "See how these young soldiers express it: 'Keep the people in your heart forever and always keep the revolution in mind. Then you'll be able to cast away all thoughts of personal gain and loss, conquer any kind of difficulty or hardship, challenge ogres of all descriptions, dare to take risks and defy dangers.'"

Selected Bibliography

Cheung Tai Ming, "The PLA and Its Role between April-June 1989," in China's Military: The PLA in 1990/1991, ed. Richard Yang (Boulder: Westview Press, 1991).

June Dreyer, "The PLA and the Power Struggle of 1989," Problems of Communism (September-October 1989).

John Gittings, The Role of the Chinese Army (New York: Oxford University Press, 1967).

Ellis Joffe, "The Tiananmen Crisis and the Politics of the PLA," in China's Military: The PLA in 1990/1991, ed. Richard Yang (Boulder: Westview Press, 1991).

Michael Ying-mao Kao, The People's Liberation Army and China's Nation-building (White Plains, NY: International Arts and Sciences Press, 1973).

F.F. Liu, A Military History of Modern China: 1924-1949 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1956).

Harvey Nelson, The Chinese Military System: An Organizational Study of the People's Liberation Army (Boulder, Col., 1977).

David Shambaugh, Modernizing China's Military: Progress, Problems, and Prospects (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002).

William Whitson, The Chinese High Command: A History of Communist Military Politics, 1927-1971 (New York: Praeger, 1973).

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