From 1949 to 1976, Mao Zedong as core, Zhou Enlai, Liu Shaoqi, Zhu De, Chen Yun, Peng Dehuai, later Lin Biao and Gang of Four (neither Lin or the Gang are considered formally to be part of this generation because of political antagonism resulting from the Cultural Revolution). These were the leaders that founded thePeople’s Republic of China after the Communist victory in the Chinese Civil War. Most were born before the demise of the Qing Dynasty and thus lived to see both the birth and, on the mainland, the end of theRepublic of China. One characteristic of these leaders were that they tended to be both political and military leaders. Most had some education outside China, and their formative experiences included the Long March, the Chinese Civil War, and the Second Sino-Japanese War. The guiding political ideology from the first generations were general principles of Marxism and Mao Zedong Thought.
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