9780521897495

Catastrophe and Contention in Rural China: Mao's Great Leap Forward Famine and the Origins of Righteous Resistance in Da Fo Village

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521897495

  • ISBN10:

    0521897491

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-05-05
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

This book documents how Chinas rural people remember the great famine of Maoist rule, which proved to be the worst famine in modern world history. Ralph A. Thaxton, Jr., sheds new light on how Chinas socialist rulers drove rural dwellers to hunger and starvation, on how powerless villagers formed resistance to the corruption and coercion of collectivization, and on how their hidden and contentious acts, both individual and concerted, allowed them to survive and escape the predatory grip of leaders and networks in the thrall of Maos authoritarian plan for a full-throttle realization of communism - a plan that engendered an unprecedented disaster for rural families. Based on his study of a rural villages memories of the famine, Thaxton argues that these memories persisted long after the events of the famine and shaped rural resistance to the socialist state, both before and after the post-Mao era of reform.

Table of Contents

Introduction
The Republican era and the emergence of Communist leadership during the anti-Japanese war of resistance
The ascent of the vigilante militia: the violent antecedents of Mao's war
The onset of collectivization and popular dissatisfaction with Mao's 'yellow bomb' road
The mandate abandoned: the disaster of the great leap forward
Strategies of survival and their elimination in the great leap forward
The escape from famine and death
Indignation and frustrated retaliation: the politics of disengagement
The market comes first: the economics of disengagement
Persistent memories and long-delayed retaliation in the reform era
Conclusion
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