(A diary entry from Enver Hoxha’s “Reflections on China Vol. 2” written the day of Mao Tse-Tung’s death. In it, Hoxha interprets Mao’s legacy as that of a “revolutionary democrat” who brought progress to China, but whose thought was marred by eclecticism and liberalism that impeded the development of socialism in China. Hoxha wrote this entry during the early stages of the the rightist coup d’etat in China, a former ally of Albania which had recently cut off aid to the country.)
SEPTEMBER 9, 1976
MAO TSETUNG HAS DIED
Today the death of Comrade Mao Tsetung was reported. His death saddens and worries us, especially in this disturbed situation. It is a great loss for China.
In my opinion, Mao Tsetung was a revolutionary, a personality of importance, not only for China but on an international level.
Mao Tsetung led the Communist Party and the great Chinese people to…
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