"The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history." - Chairman MaoChairman Mao Zedong (December 26, 1893 - September 9, 1976) was the father of the People's Republic of China which he established in 1949 and lead through to his death in 1976.
Mao is often seen as a very polarizing figure, who many credit for the death of tens of millions of the Chinese population and destroying traditional Chinese culture, the most infamous period of his regime was during The Great Leap Forward, which caused The Great Chinese famine. Although a totalitarian dictator, it is argued by many historians that the deaths caused in Mao's China were unintentional unlike those caused under the regimes of Adolf Hitler or Joseph Stalin.
However, he is seen in China as a national hero and is even credited with the industrialization of China by many western residents. His regime leadership reached it's height in terms of the beneficiaries in the 1970s. He is credited with improving women's rights who is regarded by many as a feminist figure and is also credited with growing China's economy, improving healthcare and educational matters. He also drove all imperialistic forces out of China, he saw such stances as a cause to harm any society.
Although viewed by many as a tyrant who's regime may have seen between 20 to 75 million deaths, he is widely viewed as the force who industrialized China and made it the superpower many view the country as today.
Although the United States often possesses Anti-communist values, Mao remained on neutral terms with the country throughout his entire leadership
His eldest son was killed in the Korean war.
He died from a heart attack on September 9, 1976 having been on poor health in his later years, he is buried in a mausoleum, which attracts thousands of tourists on a daily basis.