Begin of the "Great Leap Forward" campaign.




The "Great Leap Forward" was certainly one of the largest man-made catastrophes in human history, triggered by policital fanatism, ruthless suppression, and technological ignorance. Mao Zedong wanted to transform a predominantly agricultural society into an industrial economy within a few years.



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