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NEW! Negotiating Socialism in Rural China: Mao, Peasants, and Local Cadres in Shanxi, 1949-1953

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Author: 
Xiaojia HOU
Publication Year: 
2016
Publication Number: 
179

This is the first monograph in English on how China's agricultural collectivization began. In 1953 the Chinese Communist Party launched a system of agricultural collectivization to lean the countryside toward socialism. It led to the Utopian Commune Movement in 1958 and was followed by the worst famine in human history. Surprisingly, its beginnings are poorly understood and often regarded as Mao Zedong’s imposition from above. This book challenges the conventional wisdom and explores how the national policy emerged from complex bureaucratic interactions among central, regional, local governments, and peasants. | 288 pages

CONTENTSAcknowledgments viiIntroduction 11 Coming to Understand Peasants2 Debating Policies from Above3 Collectivizing from Below4 Peasants Outmaneuvering the Party5 The Party’s Revenge6 The Politics of GrainEpilogue Recipe for TragedyBibliographyIndex

 

 

ISBN (hardcover): 
9781939161598
Price (hardcover): 
$45.00
ISBN (paperback): 
9781939161796
Price (paperback): 
$25.00