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A controversial figure, Mao is regarded as one of the most important individuals in modern world history.[2] Mao is officially held in high regard in the People's Republic of China. Supporters regard him as a great leader and credit him with numerous accomplishments including modernising China and building it into a world power, promoting the status of women, improving education and health care, providing universal housing, and increasing life expectancy as China's population grew from around 550 to over 900 million during the period of his leadership.[3][4] Maoists furthermore promote his role as theorist, statesman, poet, and visionary.[5] In contrast, critics and historians have characterised him as a dictator who oversaw systematic human rights abuses, and whose rule is estimated to have contributed to the deaths of 40–70 million people through starvation, forced labour and executions, ranking his tenure as the top incidence of democide in human history. ...more

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Mao Zedong (1893 – 1976)

1st Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

In office June 19, 1945 – September 9, 1976

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