Again, this reading should mostly be review. It is interesting to read about the Soviet Union and China's communist institutions back-to-back, however. I immediately find myself thinking about how the leaders of respective countries tailor political ideologies to meet their country's unique culture.
In other words, China is old, and BIG. With over 5,000 years of history, China has a long legacy of political greatness, resilience, and nationalism. How (and why, for that matter), did Mao Zedong strive to implement communist policies that are unique to China's needs?