China's propaganda system
- External propaganda
Propaganda was the most obvious mechanism used by Mao and the Communist Party to transform Chinese society after the proclamation of the People's Republic of China in 1949. For decades, propaganda had been a part of everyday-life in china. It exists in various forms such as songs, paintings, posters and films. The role played by official propaganda in China, has declined considerably since the Maoist era, but remains an important part of Chinese political and cultural life. The Chinese Communists learned much from their study of the Soviet Union, the Nazis and other totalitarian states about propaganda methods. However it also drew on the experiences of imperial and Nationalist Chinese governments.