Modern Chinese History
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Moa advocated for a strong state ruled by brutal and somehow aggressive leadership. Mao emphasized on legalism to attract strong leadership, strict centralism, rigid authoritarian controls and structured system of punishment and laws. In this perspective, legalism that he introduced in the government aids to increase state control over its people through strict punishment to maintain law and order. The perspective increased the collective wealth and the wellbeing of the Chinese. In his essay, in 1912, Mao appreciated that to overcome darkness and ignorance in China, a willful, heroic, strong, and violent leadership has to be integrated in the definition of governance (Schell ...