Analysis on Article 'The Long March' and link to poems of Peter Skrznecki

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Title: The Long March

Creator/ Composer: Jean Bailey

Published: Australian Left Review, 1984

Text Type: Article

Source: Library


In October 1934 90,000 Red Army soldiers were forced to begin a journey that would be revered worldwide. While retreating from SE China the Kuomintang began to pursue by the Red Army. While travelling and fighting this legion of men marched through 18,000 km of some of the harshest landscape entailing mountain ranges, major rivers, dense forest and icy swamps.

Whilst travelling the soldiers had passed through many provinces, each of which the Army had enforced rules to share among the community and redistributed estate, and left collections of men to help the peasants set up self-governing councils. This journey ultimately brought about the over turn of the governing powers and the establishment of communism.


'The Long March' is an objective article detailing the events, consequences and lasting effects that this voyage created.

This was a journey based symbolic, sacrificial and political reasons more than any geographical choice, of which the implications may still be noted throughout Asia.

The admiration the long march received is vastly credited to the composition of the Red Army itself. Prior to the journey these men were strangers to one another, but within the Red Army and bonded by a common goal, of communism, were able to unify. The challenging journey required for the men to form trusting and respectful relationships with each other, as their only hope for survival was through teamwork. This is displayed as the Army crosses freezing mountain ranges, " The stronger hauled at the weaker, or supported them, or carried their rifles"

Through the determination of all involved to achieve their concluding result the physical journey caused a change in the situation and consequently a change in all the...