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Calamity and Reform in China: State, Rural Society, and Institutional Change Since the Great Leap Famine

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China's Great Leap Famine of 1959-61 resulted in 30 million deaths, making it easily the worst famine in human history. Yet unlike the Cultural Revolution - that other massive catastrophe of Mao's rule - the Great Leap Forward has received scant scholarly attention. This is partly because victims of the ensuing famine were inarticulate farmers and partly because many key players in that inglorious era are members of the current elite who tightly guard the archives. Despite these impediments, the author has marshalled an impressive array of historical documents to provide the first comprehensive treatment of the political causes and consequences of the Great Leap Famine. The Famine is important because it furnished the crucial historical motives for dismantling the rural collective institutional structure in post-Mao China two decades later and motivating tens of millions of ordinary Chinese to enact the reforms.

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This is the first book-length treatment of the political causes and consequences of the Great Leap Famine (1959-61), one of the worst tragedies in human history.

Synopsis:

China's Great Leap Famine of 1959-61 resulted in 30 million deaths - the worst famine in human history. Yet unlike the Cultural Revolution the Great Leap Forward has received scant scholarly attention, because victims of the ensuing famine were inarticulate farmers and also because many key players in that inglorious era are members of the current elite who tightly guard the archives. Despite these impediments, the author has marshalled an impressive array of historical documents to provide the first comprehensive treatment of the political causes and consequences of the Famine.

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“This is a very impressive achievement. What is so good about it is the theoretical and statistical sophistication, the emphasis on regional variation, and the learning it displays, not only with regard to China but in general. It contains much new material of enormous value.”—Thomas P. Bernstein, Columbia University

“On the basis of a wealth of primary and secondary sources, the book provides a vigorous treatment of the origin and consequences of the Great Leap Forward as well as the institutions and processes involved in Chinas rural reforms. Yangs book is an impressive scholarly addition to our study of contemporary Chinese politics.”—Journal of Asian Studies

About the Author

Dali L. Yang is Professor and Chairman in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804734707
Author:
Yang, Dali L.
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Author:
Yang, Dali
Subject:
China
Subject:
Asia - China
Subject:
Government (non-U.S.)
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Government - International
Subject:
World History - China
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
19980831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 map
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.27x6.15x.86 in. 1.20 lbs.

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This is the first book-length treatment of the political causes and consequences of the Great Leap Famine (1959-61), one of the worst tragedies in human history.
"Synopsis" by , China's Great Leap Famine of 1959-61 resulted in 30 million deaths - the worst famine in human history. Yet unlike the Cultural Revolution the Great Leap Forward has received scant scholarly attention, because victims of the ensuing famine were inarticulate farmers and also because many key players in that inglorious era are members of the current elite who tightly guard the archives. Despite these impediments, the author has marshalled an impressive array of historical documents to provide the first comprehensive treatment of the political causes and consequences of the Famine.
"Synopsis" by ,
“This is a very impressive achievement. What is so good about it is the theoretical and statistical sophistication, the emphasis on regional variation, and the learning it displays, not only with regard to China but in general. It contains much new material of enormous value.”—Thomas P. Bernstein, Columbia University

“On the basis of a wealth of primary and secondary sources, the book provides a vigorous treatment of the origin and consequences of the Great Leap Forward as well as the institutions and processes involved in Chinas rural reforms. Yangs book is an impressive scholarly addition to our study of contemporary Chinese politics.”—Journal of Asian Studies

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