Mao Zedong, also well known as Chairman Mao, is a great man in human history. Mao Zedong was born in Shaoshan on the December 26, 1893, and died on the September 9, 1976, at the age of 83.
In the field of philosophy, Mao's ideas are considered culturally significant rather than original; still, his ideas have had a monumental impact on generations of Chinese, and have significantly affected the rest of the world. One significant idea was his view of peasants as the source of revolution. He also built on the theories of Hegel, Marx, and Taoism to create a new theory of materialist dialectics. Mao developed more practical ideas, such as a three-stage theory of guerilla warfare and the concept of the people's democratic dictatorship. Mao is the attributed author of Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong, known in the West as the “Little Red Book”, which is certainly his best known work. He wrote several other philosophical treatises, both before and after he assumed power. These include: On Practice, 1937; On Contradiction, 1937; On New Democracy, 1940; On Literature and Art, 1942; On the Correct Handling of the Contradictions Among the People, 1957.