Maos Great Famine The History Of Chinas Most Devastating Catastrophe
  • Maos Great Famine The History Of Chinas Most Devastating Catastrophe
  • Maos Great Famine The History Of Chinas Most Devastating Catastrophe
ISBN: 1408886367
EAN13: 9781408886366
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 9, 2018
Pages: 448
Dimensions: 1.34" H x 7.72" L x 5.04" W
Weight: 0.71 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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An unprecedented, groundbreaking history of China's Great Famine that recasts the era of Mao Zedong and the history of the People's Republic of China.

Between 1958 and 1962, China descended into hell. Mao Zedong threw his country into a frenzy with the Great Leap Forward, an attempt to catch up to and overtake Britain in less than fifteen years. The experiment ended in the greatest catastrophe the country had ever known, destroying tens of millions of lives.

So opens Frank Dikotter's riveting, magnificently detailed chronicle of an era in Chinese history much speculated about but never before fully documented, as access to Communist Party archives has long been restricted to all but the most trusted historians. A new archive law has opened up thousands of central and provincial documents that fundamentally change the way one can study the Maoist era.

Dikotter makes clear, as nobody has before, that far from being the program that would lift the country among the world's superpowers and prove the power of Communism, as Mao imagined, the Great Leap Forward transformed the country in the other direction. It became the site not only of one of the most deadly mass killings of human history--at least forty-five million people were worked, starved, or beaten to death--but also of the greatest demolition of real estate in human history, as up to one-third Read More chevron_right

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