China The Other Communism Author:K.S. Karol Does Mao want war with the United States? Does China need Lebensraum? What is the significance of the Red Guard movement? Is Maoism the same as Stalinism? What were the reasons for the Chinese-Russian split and how has it affected the Chinese economy? What kind of society are the Chinese trying to build? How well are the Chinese fed and hou... more »sed? How high are their standards of production?
These are some of the important questions that K.S. Karol, a well-known European journalist and specialist on Communism, attempts to answer. Karol, a Pole by birth who spent seven years in Russia after his country was divided in 1939 between Germany and the Soviet Union, lives in Paris and writes for the Nouvel Observateur; until recently he was Paris correspondent for the New Statesman and wrote on Soviet affairs for the Paris Express.
After lengthy preparation and study, Karol made a four-month trip through China in the winter and spring of 1965. He was accompanied by the great photographer Marc Riboud. Karol and Riboud were permitted to choose their own itinerary and traveled the length and breadth of China. Karol interviewed mayors, leaders of communes, factory managers, the man in the street, intellectuals - and the leaders in Peking, including Chou En-lai, who granted him an exclusive interview lasting several hours.« less