- Warlords were not all ignorant, xenophobic or devoid of admirable ideals.
- Often had surprisingly complex personalities
- Some were courageous reformers (e.g. General Yan Xishan tried to eradicate footbinding and advocated women’s work outside the home)
- Mao’s strategy, outlined during the Jiangxi Soviet period, clearly outlines the CCP’s plans to overthrow the GMD on ideological grounds. He believed the GMD had the wrong plan for China in basing their revolution in urban areas: his was to be based on the peasants.
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