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Calamity and reform in China : state, rural society, and institutional change since the great leap famine /
Dali L. Yang.
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Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1996.
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xx, 351 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0804725578 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1996.
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0804725578 (cloth : alk. paper)
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2115835
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [311]-344) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-12-01:
Yang's book is a unique and unprecedented attempt to examine China's current reform with reference to the nation's Great Leap Famine of 1959-61. Drawing on previously classified Chinese documents, the book tries to make a seminal point that the patterns of the reformist policy in rural areas were linked to the history of the Great Leap Famine as well as to political geography. Yang (Univ. of Chicago) suggests that the Great Leap Famine provided the fundamental structural incentives for decollectivization, which became a reality in post-Mao China. The book contains nine chapters preceded by an introduction. Chapter 1 offers the background for the Great Leap Forward, and chapter 2 explores the causes for the Great Leap Famine. Chapters 3 through 6 deal with the legacy of the Great Leap Famine for rural policy and institutional change. Chapters 7 and 8 review the evolution of state-rural society relations under the reforms. The concluding chapter revisits the consequences of the Great Leap Famine. There are notes and a bibliography including Chinese-language materials. Recommended for undergraduates, graduates, and faculty. S. K. Ma California State University, Los Angeles
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"On the basis of a wealth of primary and secondary sources, the book provides a vigorous treatment of the origin and consequences of the Great Leap Forward as well as the institutions and processes involved in China's rural reforms. Yang's book is an impressive scholarly addition to our study of contemporary Chinese politics."Journal of Asian Studies
"On the basis of a wealth of primary and secondary sources, the book provides a vigorous treatment of the origin and consequences of the Great Leap Forward as well as the institutions and processes involved in China's rural reforms. Yang's book is an impressive scholarly addition to our study of contemporary Chinese politics."-- Journal of Asian Studies
"This is a very impressive achievement. What is so good about it is the theoretical and statistical sophistication, the emphasis on regional variation, and the learning it displays, not only with regard to China but in general. It contains much new material of enormous value."Thomas P. Bernstein, Columbia University
"This is a very impressive achievement. What is so good about it is the theoretical and statistical sophistication, the emphasis on regional variation, and the learning it displays, not only with regard to China but in general. It contains much new material of enormous value."--Thomas P. Bernstein, Columbia University
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China's Great Leap Famine of 1959-61 resulted in 30 million deaths, making it easily the worst famine in human history. Yet unlike the Cultural Revolution - that other massive catastrophe of Mao's rule - the Great Leap Forward has received scant scholarly attention. This is partly because victims of the ensuing famine were inarticulate farmers and partly because many key players in that inglorious era are members of the current elite who tightly guard the archives. Despite these impediments, the author has marshalled an impressive array of historical documents to provide the first comprehensive treatment of the political causes and consequences of the Great Leap Famine. The Famine is important because it furnished the crucial historical motives for dismantling the rural collective institutional structure in post-Mao China two decades later and motivating tens of millions of ordinary Chinese to enact the reforms.
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In this book the author has managed to gather together an impressive array of historical documents to provide the first comprehensive treatment of the political causes and consequences of the Great Leap Famine.
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"This is a very impressive achievement. What is so good about it is the theoretical and statistical sophistication, the emphasis on regional variation, and the learning it displays, not only with regard to China but in general. It contains much new material of enormous value."Thomas P. Bernstein, Columbia University "On the basis of a wealth of primary and secondary sources, the book provides a vigorous treatment of the origin and consequences of the Great Leap Forward as well as the institutions and processes involved in China's rural reforms. Yang's book is an impressive scholarly addition to our study of contemporary Chinese politics."Journal of Asian Studies
Back Cover Copy
"This is a very impressive achievement. What is so good about it is the theoretical and statistical sophistication, the emphasis on regional variation, and the learning it displays, not only with regard to China but in general. It contains much new material of enormous value."--Thomas P. Bernstein, Columbia University "On the basis of a wealth of primary and secondary sources, the book provides a vigorous treatment of the origin and consequences of the Great Leap Forward as well as the institutions and processes involved in China's rural reforms. Yang's book is an impressive scholarly addition to our study of contemporary Chinese politics."--Journal of Asian Studies
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
A Note on Translation, Transliteration, Names, and Measuresp. xxi
Introduction The Great Leap Famine, the Rise of Reform, and the Cognitive Basis of Institutional Changep. 1
Contextp. 19
The Path to Disasterp. 21
The Political Economy of the Great Leap Faminep. 42
p. 69
The Great Leap Famine and Rural Liberalizationp. 71
The Cultural Revolution Interludep. 98
Structural Incentives for Rural Reformp. 121
The Political Struggle over Reformp. 144
p. 181
Reform Euphoria, Policy Myopia, and Rising Rural Discontentp. 183
Rural Industrialization, Political Empowerment, and State Policyp. 213
Conclusions and Reflectionsp. 237
Reference Matterp. 255
Appendix Main: Sources of Data for Analyses of the Great Leap Faminep. 257
Abbreviationsp. 259
Notesp. 261
Bibliographyp. 311
Indexp. 345
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