Mao: the legend of the Long March

Mao Zedong made great political capital out of the Red Army's epic trek to escape the clutches of their enemies in China 80 years ago. But, as Edward Stourton explains, the communist leader's version of the march did not always reflect reality

A group of survivors from the Long March after their arrival in Shenxi in 1934. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

This article was first published in the March 2014 issue of BBC History Magazine

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