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’.
Part 1. The World and the Chinese Revolution 1. Cigarettes and Exploitation: A Prologue 2. Semi-Colonialism and the Single Spark, 1928-34 3. Towards a Colony: The United Front Strategy, 1935-8 4. Imperialist War and Its Contradictions, 1939-42 5. From Moscow to Washington…, 1943-5 6. The Myth of Mediation, 1946-8 Part 2. The World and the People’s Republic 7. Relations with Moscow, 1946-50: Ally or Rival? 8. Relations with Washington, 1949-50: Containment or Recognition? 9. The Test of Korea, 1950-3 10. Towards an Independent Foreign Policy, 1954-9 11. Mao and Imperialism 12. Mao and the Soviet Union. Conclusion: China in the World