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Chinese Communist Party
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1. History

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP, Zhongguo gongchandang) was founded in 1921 and has been the ruling party of China since October 1, 1949. Accordingly the party's history is usually divided into two periods. A sudden revolution, like that of Russia or France, did not take place in China in October 1949. The Communist conquest dragged on for more than five years (1945-1950) after the end of World War II and in some regions, such as Tibet , it to…

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Kampen, Thomas, “Chinese Communist Party”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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