China’s Strategic Space in the Mao Era
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China’s Strategic Space in the Mao Era

by Covell Meyskens
August 23, 2023

In this essay from NBR’s project Mapping China’s Strategic Space, Covell Meyskens maintains that the Cold War was not a salient concept in the CCP’s mental map of China’s strategic space during the Mao era.

The essay is part of a section on Learning from History that presents a collection of historical case studies, used for comparative purposes, that examine how rising or great powers, including China, have in the past defined their strategic space and the factors that led them to consider expanding it beyond the strict delineations of their national territory.

Read the essay on the Mapping China’s Strategic Space website.