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Creating the New Man: From Enlightenment Ideals to Socialist Realities

Yinghong Cheng


The idea of eliminating undesirable traits from human temperament to create a “new man” has been part of moral and political thinking worldwide for millennia. During the Enlightenment, European philosophers sought to construct an ideological framework for reshaping human nature. But it was only among the communist regimes of the twentieth century that such ideas were actually put into practice on a nationwide scale. This book examines three culturally diverse sociopolitical experiments—the Soviet Union under Lenin and Stalin, China under Mao, and Cuba under Castro—in an attempt to better under ... More

Keywords: Soviet Union, Lenin, Stalin, China, Mao, Cuba, Castro, communist revolutions, human perfectibility, communist new man

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780824830748
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824830748.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yinghong Cheng, author
Delaware State University