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Author Zhou, Xun, 1968- author

Title Forgotten voices of Mao's great famine, 1958-1962 : an oral history / Xun Zhou
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 315 pages) : map
Contents The tragedy of collectivization -- Endless campaigns and political pressures -- Unnatural disasters -- Starvation and death -- Orphans of the famine -- Famine in the cities -- Surviving the famine -- Memories of the famine
Summary "A comprehensive history of the Great Famine of 1958-61, in the words of the survivors, based on hundreds of hours of interviews across China"-- Provided by publisher
"In 1958, China's revered leader Mao Zedong instituted a program designed to transform his giant nation into a Communist utopia. Called the Great Leap Forward, Mao's grand scheme-like so many other utopian dreams of the 20th century-proved a monumental disaster, resulting in the mass destruction of China's agriculture, industry, and trade while leaving large portions of the countryside forever scarred by man-made environmental disasters. The resulting three-year famine claimed the lives of more than 45 million people in China. In this remarkable oral history of modern China's greatest tragedy, survivors of the cataclysm share their memories of the devastation and loss. The range of voices is wide: city dwellers and peasants, scholars and factory workers, parents who lost children and children who were orphaned in the catastrophe all speak out. Powerful and deeply moving, this unique remembrance of an unnecessary and unhindered catastrophe illuminates a dark recent history that remains officially unacknowledged to this day by the Chinese government and opens a window on a society still feeling the impact of the terrible Great Famine"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject Famines -- China -- History -- 20th century.
Food supply -- China -- History -- 20th century.
Anthropology, Education, Sociology and Social Phenomena
Delivery of Health Care.
Food Industry.
Food Supply.
Health Care Economics and Organizations.
History, 20th Century.
History, Modern 1601-
Nutrition Disorders.
Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases.
Political Systems.
Social Sciences.
Technology, Industry, Agriculture
Technology, Industry, and Agriculture.
China -- Population -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0300199244 (electronic bk.)
9780300199246 (electronic bk.)
(hardback ;) (alk. paper)
(hardback ;) (alk. paper)