The War That Changed The World
The series follows the evolution of Mao Zedong’s rise to power, and in turn, how he created a new China. In 1972, Chairman Mao Zedong was not entirely joking when he asked Tanaka Kakuei, the visiting Japanese Prime Minister, whether he should thank him for the invasion – because it had changed the destiny of China.
At the end of what the Chinese call “a hundred years of humiliation”, part one witnesses Japanese troops stationed in Northern China under unequal treaties, launch an invasion of the region of China known as Manchuria. This invasion triggers Mao Zedong’s long march, establishing a base in Yan’an.
In June 1942, the Japanese suffered losses from which they would never recover. Their final defeat would be hard-won, allowing Mao to bring the years of experiment, the consolidation of power, and the development and promotion of policies and philosophies to the fore. “Mao Zedong Thought” was put into practice.