A variety of reasons are cited for the famine. During — China continued to be a substantial net exporter of grain, despite the widespread famine experienced in the countryside, as Mao sought to maintain face and convince the outside world of the success of his plans.
The Party thus destroyed "much that gave meaning to Chinese lives.
This may be true. In such circumstances the Soviet Union provided the only available model. These errors in implementation were made worse by a series of natural disasters and the withdrawal of Soviet support. If we do not act, who will act? Those achievements must be given a weight commensurate with the degree of injustice prevailing in Chinese society before the revolution and with the humiliation felt by the Chinese people as a result of the dismemberment of their country by the foreign powers.
Many scholars claim that without the Cultural Revolution, China could not have begun its subsequent period of modernization. Bythe project of the Great Leap Forward was abandoned, but the commune structure would remain in place, ready for the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution that would follow only a few years later.
In the face of the disorders called forth by de-Stalinization in Poland and HungaryMao did not retreat but rather pressed boldly forward with that policy, against the advice of many of his senior colleagues, in the belief that the contradictions that still existed in Chinese society were mainly nonantagonistic.
In his review Becker seriously discusses the possibility that these papers might be forgeries. They also helped the countryside to deal with the problem of drought.
In terms of industry, a large component of the Great Leap Forward concerned steel production. Are we able to produce [that much]? On the other side was the right wing opposing these policies.
In JuneTan led his troops into Changsha, and Zhang fled. Given that there is a good chance that these officials were trying to slant evidence in favour of the negative Deng Xiaoping line on the Great Leap Forward it is surely important that the reader is told which of the interviews cited in the book were conducted under these conditions and which were not.
Becker writes that his sources for Hungry Ghosts include documents smuggled out of China in by intellectuals going into exile. The famine left up to 40 million people dead as a result.
The Great Leap Forward reversed the downward trend in mortality that had occurred since though even during the Leap, mortality may not have reached pre levels.
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He was the founding father of the People's Republic of China. His Cultural Revolution all but destroyed Full Name: Mao Zedong.
Great Leap Forward, in Chinese history, the campaign undertaken by the Chinese communists between and early to organize its vast population, especially in large-scale rural communes, to meet China’s industrial and agricultural problems.
As the First Five Year Plan, it moved China forward a great deal. China’s First Five Year Plan “led to the growth of bureaucracy, new social inequalities and privileged elites.”(Meisner, ) The plan met its quotas well enough but it revealed the flaws in the Chinese economic system. Great Leap Forward, –60, Chinese economic plan aimed at revitalizing all sectors of the economy.
Initiated by Mao Zedong, the plan emphasized decentralized, labor-intensive industrialization, typified by the construction of thousands of backyard steel furnaces in place of large steel mills. Mao in May of launched another plan: the Great Leap Forward.
This was Mao's economic plan to transform China into an industrial nation in two years.
The plan was to decentralize agriculture and create communes which would promote heavy industry and agricultural production.
Mao Zedong was a Marxist theorist, revolutionary, and, from tothe first chairman of the People’s Republic of China. Mao was one of the most influential and controversial political figures of the 20th century, in China and abroad.Download