Aemilius wrote:That is too superficial, one needs to understand the course of history of China with some more depth and substance to it. For example one could view it as a result of certain european philosophical and political ideas becoming known in China gradually, and then their having an inescapable effect. You can't just blame "Mao" for everything, it is a far too ignorant and superficial attitude.There is much interesting knowledge about chinese history available, one can easily gain more knowledge, if one wants to.
talking about understand china with more depth and substance, probably no one here more qualified than me. I am a chinese, and happen to be interested in my own country's history. I read and can read much more things than westerners. Although I still can't say I totally know what happened (I don't think anyone can), I guess I see thing more closely.
Mao's role is very debatable. But to be subjective (luckily I am not mainland chinese), Mao did many wrong things and caused a huge lost of human lives. Mostly happened in China rather than TIbet.
actually holding european view is not a bad thing, distance can lead to subjective. But surely one need to know many enough facts.