A Great Leap Forward

A Great Leap Forward
Author: Randall Wray
Publsiher: Academic Press
Total Pages: 206
Release: 2020-01-14
ISBN 10: 0128193816
ISBN 13: 9780128193815
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Great Leap Forward Book Review:

A Great Leap Forward: Heterodox Economic Policy for the 21st Century investigates economic policy from a heterodox and progressive perspective. Author Randall Wray uses relatively short chapters arranged around several macroeconomic policy themes to present an integrated survey of progressive policy on topics of interest today that are likely to remain topics of interest for many years. Rejects neoclassical orthodoxy as the appropriate tool for understanding 21st century economic and social life Considers subjects such as innovation and technological progress Explores public institutions, global trade, and financial regulation

A Great Leap Forward

A Great Leap Forward
Author: Alexander J. Field
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2011-04-26
ISBN 10: 0300168756
ISBN 13: 9780300168754
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Great Leap Forward Book Review:

This bold re-examination of the history of U.S. economic growth is built around a novel claim, that productive capacity grew dramatically across the Depression years (1929-1941) and that this advance provided the foundation for the economic and military success of the United States during the Second World War as well as for the golden age (1948-1973) that followed.Alexander J. Field takes a fresh look at growth data and concludes that, behind a backdrop of double-digit unemployment, the 1930s actually experienced very high rates of technological and organizational innovation, fueled by the maturing of a privately funded research and development system and the government-funded build-out of the country's surface road infrastructure. This significant new volume in the Yale Series in Economic and Financial History invites new discussion of the causes and consequences of productivity growth over the last century and a half and on our current prospects.

Mao s Great Famine

Mao s Great Famine
Author: Frank Dikötter
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2010-10-01
ISBN 10: 080277928X
ISBN 13: 9780802779281
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mao s Great Famine Book Review:

Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize 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 15 years The experiment ended in the greatest catastrophe the country had ever known, destroying tens of millions of lives." So opens Frank Dikötter's riveting, magnificently detailed chronicle of an era in Chinese history much speculated about but never before fully documented because 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." Dikötter 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 45 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 of all housing was turned into rubble). The experiment was a catastrophe for the natural world as well, as the land was savaged in the maniacal pursuit of steel and other industrial accomplishments. In a powerful mesghing of exhaustive research in Chinese archives and narrative drive, Dikötter for the first time links up what happened in the corridors of power-the vicious backstabbing and bullying tactics that took place among party leaders-with the everyday experiences of ordinary people, giving voice to the dead and disenfranchised. His magisterial account recasts the history of the People's Republic of China.

Eating Bitterness

Eating Bitterness
Author: Kimberley Ens Manning,Felix Wemheuer
Publsiher: UBC Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2011-01-01
ISBN 10: 0774859555
ISBN 13: 9780774859554
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Eating Bitterness Book Review:

When the Chinese Communist Party came to power in 1949, Mao Zedong declared that "not even one person shall die of hunger." Yet some 30 million peasants died of starvation and exhaustion during the Great Leap Forward. Eating Bitterness reveals how men and women in rural and urban settings, from the provincial level to the grassroots, experienced the changes brought on by the party leaders' attempts to modernize China. This landmark volume lifts the curtain of party propaganda to expose the suffering of citizens and the deeply contested nature of state-society relations in Maoist China.

Catastrophe and Contention in Rural China

Catastrophe and Contention in Rural China
Author: Ralph Thaxton
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 383
Release: 2008-05-05
ISBN 10: 0521722306
ISBN 13: 9780521722308
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Catastrophe and Contention in Rural China Book Review:

Thaxton argues that the memory of the great famine under Mao shaped villagers' resistance to the socialist state.

Mao s Great Famine

Mao s Great Famine
Author: Frank Dikötter
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2010-09-06
ISBN 10: 1408814447
ISBN 13: 9781408814444
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mao s Great Famine Book Review:

Winner of the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2011 Between 1958 and 1962, 45 million Chinese people were worked, starved or beaten to death. Mao Zedong threw his country into a frenzy with the Great Leap Forward, an attempt to catch up with and overtake the Western world in less than fifteen years. It lead to one of the greatest catastrophes the world has ever known. Dikotter's extraordinary research within Chinese archives brings together for the first time what happened in the corridors of power with the everyday experiences of ordinary people, giving voice to the dead and disenfranchised. This groundbreaking account definitively recasts the history of the People's Republic of China.

Great Leap Forward

Great Leap Forward
Author: Chuihua Judy Chung,Jeffrey Inaba,Rem Koolhaas,Bernard Chang,Sze Tsung Leong
Publsiher: Taschen America Llc
Total Pages: 709
Release: 2001
ISBN 10: 9783822860489
ISBN 13: 3822860484
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Great Leap Forward Book Review:

Harvard Design School's Project on the City is a graduate thesis program that examines the effects of modernization on the urban condition. Each year the Project on the City studies a specific region or phenomena, & develops a conceptual framework & vocabulary for urban environments that can not be described within the traditional categories of architecture, landscape, or urbanism. In order to understand new forms of urbanization, thesis advisor Rem Koolhaas & students from the fields of architecture, landscape, & urbanism, document & analyze areas of study through a combination of field research, statistical analysis, historical developments, & anecdotal situations. The result of each project is an intensive, specialized study of the effects of modernization on the contemporary city. During the 1996-1997 period, Harvard's graduate students studied China's Pearl River Delta (PRD), a cluster of five cities with a population of twelve million destined to reach thirty-six million by the year 2020. The establishment in the PRD of Special Economic Zones--"laboratories for the contained unleashing of capitalism"--hastened an unprecedented experiment in urbanization on an astonishingly large scale. Great Leap Forward contains essays which explore, in a theoretical & statistical context, the results of this rapid modernization that has produced an entirely new urban substance.

Bureaucracy Economy and Leadership in China

Bureaucracy  Economy  and Leadership in China
Author: David Bachman,David M. Bachman
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2006-11-23
ISBN 10: 9780521032339
ISBN 13: 0521032334
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bureaucracy Economy and Leadership in China Book Review:

This study examines the origins of the Great Leap Forward (GLF), a programme of economic reform that must be considered one of the great tragedies of Communist China. While standard accounts interpret the GLF as chiefly the brainchild of Mao Zedong and as a radical rejection of more moderate reform proposals, Bachman proposes a provocative reinterpretation stressing the role of bureaucracy.

Heroes of China s Great Leap Forward

Heroes of China s Great Leap Forward
Author: Richard King
Publsiher: University of Hawaii Press
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2010-05-10
ISBN 10: 082483402X
ISBN 13: 9780824834029
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Heroes of China s Great Leap Forward Book Review:

Heroes of China’s Great Leap Forward presents contrasting narratives of the most ambitious and disastrous mass movement in modern Chinese history. The objective of the Great Leap, when it was launched in the late 1950s, was to catapult China into the ranks of the great military and industrial powers with no assistance from the outside world; it resulted in a famine that killed tens of millions of the nation’s peasants. Li Zhun’s "A Brief Biography of Li Shuangshuang," written while the movement was underway, celebrates the Great Leap as it was supposed to be: a time of optimism, dynamism, and shared purpose. A spirited young peasant woman, freed from the restrictions of home life, launches a canteen and wins the recognition of authorities and the admiration of her husband. The story—and the film that followed it—made Li Shuangshuang the greatest fictional heroine of the Great Leap. In contrast, Zhang Yigong’s short novel The Story of the Criminal Li Tongzhong, written two decades later, was one of the first works published in China to suggest a much darker side to the Great Leap. A village official leads a raid on a state granary to feed starving peasants; he is later arrested and dies a criminal. Although Zhang stopped short of portraying the horrors of famine, his tone of moral outrage provides a rejoinder to the triumphalism of "Li Shuangshuang." The stories are accompanied by an introduction to the Great Leap and portraits of the two writers, including their recollections of that traumatic time and the creation of their very different heroes.

Fortress Besieged New Directions Classic

Fortress Besieged  New Directions Classic
Author: Qian Zhongshu
Publsiher: New Directions Publishing
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2004-02-17
ISBN 10: 081122354X
ISBN 13: 9780811223546
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fortress Besieged New Directions Classic Book Review:

The greatest Chinese novel of the twentieth century, Fortress Besieged is a classic of world literature, a masterpiece of parodic fiction that plays with Western literary traditions, philosophy, and middle-class Chinese society in the Republican era. Set on the eve of the Sino-Japanese War, our hapless hero Fang Hung-chien (á la Emma Bovary), with no particular goal in life and with a bogus degree from a fake American university in hand, returns home to Shanghai. On the French liner home, he meets two Chinese beauties, Miss Su and Miss Pao. Qian writes, "With Miss Pao it wasn't a matter of heart or soul. She hadn't any change of heart, since she didn't have a heart." In a sort of painful comedy, Fang obtains a teaching post at a newly established university where the effete pseudo-intellectuals he encounters in academia become the butt of Qian's merciless satire. Soon Fang is trapped into a marriage of Nabokovian proportions of distress and absurdity. Recalling Fielding's Tom Jones in its farcical litany of misadventures and Flaubert's "style indirect libre," Fortress Besieged is its own unique feast of delights.

China in Space

China in Space
Author: Brian Harvey
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 399
Release: 2013-03-27
ISBN 10: 1461450438
ISBN 13: 9781461450436
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

China in Space Book Review:

Rockets were invented in China, the home of many modern inventions, including ancient astronomy, and were used originally for military purposes in the 13th century. The Chinese space program was founded in October 1956 by the father of Chinese rocketry, Tsien Hsue Shen, who lived in California in the 1930s until his expulsion as a Chinese spy. In recent times there have been three manned spaceflights, highlighting China’s ambitious space program and generating worldwide interest. Future missions are planned, including a mission to go to Mars. The explosive growth of China’s innovative and rapidly developing space program in recent years has made it a "hot" topic in international space policy. This follow up to Harvey's earlier book, China's Space Program - From Conception To Manned Spaceflight (2004) bring us up to date with everything that is happening in the Chinese space program today and looks at its ambitious future. The author briefly summarizes how this program evolved from medieval times, and uncovers the truth behind the bland, unreliable, and generally uninformative news releases issued around each space mission. It also examines the key features of the program, previously unknown to the outside world.

The Great Leap Forward

The Great Leap Forward
Author: MAO Min
Publsiher: Mao Min
Total Pages: 197
Release: 2016-10-22
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13:
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Great Leap Forward Book Review:

This is Topic 4 of the Selected Topics from the book entitled "The Revival of China". The full book is about the revival of China in the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st century. This topic is about what happened before, during and after the great leap forward. It covers the lash advance, the anti lash-advance and the anti anti-lash-advance before the great leap forward; the process of the great leap forward and the great famine caused by it, downing with PENG De-huai by MAO Ze-dong in the Lushan meeting; and the meeting of seven thousands officials after the great leap forward and the great famine, policy adjustment by LIU Shao-qi to recover the economy, and the conflict between MAO and LIU.

China s Road to Disaster

China s Road to Disaster
Author: Frederick C. Teiwes,Frederick C.. Teiwes,Warren Sun
Publsiher: M.E. Sharpe
Total Pages: 319
Release: 1999
ISBN 10: 9780765602015
ISBN 13: 0765602016
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

China s Road to Disaster Book Review:

This book boldly challenges existing analyses of the dramatic shifts in Chinese Communist Party economic policy during the mid- to late-1950s which eventually resulted in 30 to 45 million deaths through starvation.

Created in China

Created in China
Author: Michael Keane
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2007-10-30
ISBN 10: 113411785X
ISBN 13: 9781134117857
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Created in China Book Review:

This book examines China’s creative economy—and how television, animation, advertising, design, publishing and digital games are reshaping traditional understanding of culture. Since the 1950s China has endeavoured to catch-up with advanced Western economies. ‘Made in China’ is one approach to global competitiveness. But a focus on manufacturing and productivity is impeding innovation. China imports creativity and worries about its ‘cultural exports deficit’. In the cultural sector Chinese audiences are attracted to Korean, Taiwanese, and Japanese culture, as well as Hollywood cinema. This book provides a fresh look looks at China’s move up the global value chain. It argues that while government and (most) citizens would prefer to associate with the nationalistic, but unrealized ‘created in China’ brand, widespread structural reforms are necessary to release creative potential. Innovation policy in China has recently acknowledged these problems. It considers how new ways of managing cultural assets can renovate largely non-competitive Chinese cultural industries. Together with a history of cultural commerce in China, the book details developments in new creative industries and provides the international context for creative cluster policy in Beijing and Shanghai.

The Origins Of The Great Leap Forward

The Origins Of The Great Leap Forward
Author: Jean-luc Domenach,Mark Selden
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 212
Release: 2019-06-26
ISBN 10: 1000304159
ISBN 13: 9781000304152
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Origins Of The Great Leap Forward Book Review:

The first major study of the Great Leap Forward, this seminal volume has now been translated into English for a wider audience. Like no other work, it suggests compelling political and social answers to questions that have long plagued scholars: How could a party with such a successful rural base launch a movement so divorced from reality– especially in the countryside? Why was the movement pressed to the point of social chaos and economic collapse, giving rise to arguably the greatest famine in human history? Utilizing a wealth of primary material, Jean-Luc Domenach focuses on the central China province of Henan, which emerged as a national model of the Great Leap and was one of the most devastated by its failure. The author's documentary sources enable him to illuminate the development of provincial and local political life as well as to gauge popular reactions to the dictates of the center. Domenach presents a lucid analysis of the setbacks in agriculture in 1956 and 1957, the rise of economic corruption, and the launch of the CCP rectification campaign in 1957. Despite the enormous impact of the Great Leap on Chinese politics and economics in the decades that followed, it has proven immensely difficult to research. Domenach's contribution thus stands out as an original and important work on the period.

The Great Famine in China 1958 1962

The Great Famine in China  1958 1962
Author: Xun Zhou
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 204
Release: 2012-07-10
ISBN 10: 0300175183
ISBN 13: 9780300175189
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Great Famine in China 1958 1962 Book Review:

Drawing on previously closed archives that have since been made inaccessible again, this volume contains the most crucial primary documents concerning the fate of the Chinese peasantry between 1957 and 1962, covering everything from cannibalism and selective killing to mass murder.

The Origins of the Cultural Revolution

The Origins of the Cultural Revolution
Author: Roderick MacFarquhar
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 470
Release: 1974
ISBN 10: 9780231057172
ISBN 13: 0231057172
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Origins of the Cultural Revolution Book Review:

The second volume in a trilogy which examines the politics, economics, culture and international relations of Chines from the mid-1950s to he mid-1960s, this volume tells the story of the Great Leap Forward -- Mao's utopian attempt to propel China economically and socially into the twenty-fist century by mobilizing his nation's greatest asset: its disciplined, manpower. The effort produced economic disaster and political dissension, and helped to precipitate the Sino-Soviet split. Today's leaders point to it as the beginning of two decades of national trauma, which ended only after the death of Mao and the purge of the Gang of Four. Those leaders have recently authorized the release of a mass of new documentation in the form of political reminiscences, economic statistics, and leaders' speeches. This volume is the first scholarly work to use the new material comprehensively, weaving it into the narrative along with the contemporary record and the revelations published in Red Guard newspapers during the cultural revolution. The result is the most detailed account and analysis to date of what went wrong and why.

Hungry Ghosts

Hungry Ghosts
Author: Jasper Becker
Publsiher: Macmillan
Total Pages: 380
Release: 1998-04-15
ISBN 10: 9780805056686
ISBN 13: 0805056688
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hungry Ghosts Book Review:

Exposes the horrible result of Mao's attempted utopian engineering in China between 1958 and 1962, uncovering a bloody trail of terror, cannibalism, torture, and murder

Mao

Mao
Author: Jung Chang,Jon Halliday
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 864
Release: 2011-10-05
ISBN 10: 0307807134
ISBN 13: 9780307807137
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mao Book Review:

The most authoritative life of the Chinese leader every written, Mao: The Unknown Story is based on a decade of research, and on interviews with many of Mao’s close circle in China who have never talked before — and with virtually everyone outside China who had significant dealings with him. It is full of startling revelations, exploding the myth of the Long March, and showing a completely unknown Mao: he was not driven by idealism or ideology; his intimate and intricate relationship with Stalin went back to the 1920s, ultimately bringing him to power; he welcomed Japanese occupation of much of China; and he schemed, poisoned, and blackmailed to get his way. After Mao conquered China in 1949, his secret goal was to dominate the world. In chasing this dream he caused the deaths of 38 million people in the greatest famine in history. In all, well over 70 million Chinese perished under Mao’s rule — in peacetime.

Saltationist Socialism

Saltationist Socialism
Author: Michael Schoenhals
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 223
Release: 1987
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: STANFORD:36105034412366
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Saltationist Socialism Book Review: