Begin of the "Great Leap Forward" campaign.

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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.

 

Literature:

Ashton, B. / Hill, K. / Piazza, A. / Zeitz, R. (1984): Famine in China, 1958-61. In: Population and Development Review, Vol. 10, No. 4, 613-645

 

Becker, Jasper (1996): Hungry ghosts. Mao's secret famine. New York, NY (Henry Holt and Company)

 

Bo, Yibo (1993): Retrospective of several big decisions and incidents. Beijing (Central Party School)

 

External Web Links:

http://countrystudies.us/china/88.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Leap_Forward

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/great_leap_forward.htm

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