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Re-examining the History of the Great Famine in China through Documentary Evidence

Zhou, X (2016) 'Re-examining the History of the Great Famine in China through Documentary Evidence.' East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies, 3 (2). 133 - 151. ISSN 2292-7956

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Abstract

This paper examines documentary evidence that has emerged from the Chinese state archives showing that from the outset, the Great Leap Forward failed as a method for improving agricultural productivity; that its failure was quickly evident and purposefully ignored; and that the level of human suffering and death was greater than has been suggested. In addition, in contrast to the image of a strictly disciplined communist society in which errors at the top cause the entire machinery to grind to a halt, the portrait that emerges from archival documents is one of a society in deliquescence, as people resort to every means available to get by as well as they can.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D890 Eastern Hemisphere
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > History, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2016 08:37
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2018 12:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/17572

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