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Creating the New ManFrom Enlightenment Ideals to Socialist Realities$
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Yinghong Cheng

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824830748

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824830748.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Creating the New Man

Yinghong Cheng

University of Hawai'i Press

This introductory chapter provides a background of the concept of the “new man.” The communist movement of the last century was remarkably successful worldwide in establishing the party-state and carrying out projects aimed at a total social transformation. However, behind the ideological, political, and social changes was a more ambitious and comprehensive goal: to remold the mind, psychology, and even character of individuals by means of various party and state policies designed for a “new man” and, through this “new man,” to make history and perpetuate the revolution. The “Soviet Man,” “Mao's good soldiers,” and “Let them all become Che” are only a few examples of the regimes' aspirations for the creation of such a new person.

Keywords:   new man, communist movement, social transformation, Soviet Man

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