Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science


The purpose of this thesis is to explain and "predict" Chinese Communist leadership conflicts through examining the theory and practice of "two-line struggle." Chapter one aims to embody the concept of "two-line struggle": it defines and illuminates the political significance of the term and pins down the CCP's professed rules of struggle. The chapter concludes (1) that a two-line struggle is an irreconcilable (and often protracted) conflict in the leadership involving disputes over the estimation of the revolutionary setting and the formulation a strategic policy guideline for a particular period of the revolution; (2) that such a conflict, though basically of a "non-antagonistic" contradiction, falls on the borderline between "non-antagonism" and "antagonism"; (3) that the parties concerned shall not transgress the limits of democratic centralism.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Political Science and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Shih-min Cheng December, 1981

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