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China's Road to Disaster: Mao, Central Politicians and Provincial Leaders in the Great Leap Forward, 1955-59 : Mao, Central Politicians and Provincial Leaders in the Great Leap Forward, 1955-59 - Frederick C. Teiwes

China's Road to Disaster: Mao, Central Politicians and Provincial Leaders in the Great Leap Forward, 1955-59

Mao, Central Politicians and Provincial Leaders in the Great Leap Forward, 1955-59

Paperback Published: 14th December 1998
ISBN: 9780765602022
Number Of Pages: 376
For Ages: 18 years old

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This text analyzes the dramatic shifts in Chinese Communist Party economic policy during the mid to late 1950s which eventually resulted in 30 to 45 million deaths through starvation as a result of the failed policies of the Great Leap Forward. Teiwes examines both the substance and the process of economic policy-making in that period, explaining how the rational policies of opposing rash advance in 1956-57 gave way to the fanciful policies of the Great Leap, and assessing responsibility for the failure to adjust adequately those policies even as signs of disaster began to reach higher level decision makers. In telling this story, Teiwes focuses on key participants in the process throughout both "rational" and "utopian" phases - Mao, other top leaders, central economic bureaucracies and local party leaders. The analysis rejects both of the existing influential explanations in the field, the long dominant power politics approach focusing on alleged clashes within the top leadership, and David Bachman's recent institutional interpretation of the origins of the Great Leap. Instead, this study presents a detailed picture of an exceptionally Mao-dominated process, where no other actor challenged his position, where the boldest step any actor took was to try and influence his preferences, and where the system in effect became paralyzed while Mao kept changing signals as disaster unfolded.

Opposing Rash Advance, 1956-57
The Origins of the Great Leap Forward, 1955-58
Policy Making While Leaping Forward, 1958
The Politics of Cooling Down, 1958-59
Conclusion: Politics and Players under Mao, 1955-59
Epilogues: The Lushan Conference, July-August 1959
The Retreat from the Great Leap, 1960-62
Appendixes: Participants in Party Conferences, January 1958-April 1959
self-criticisms by the Architects of Opposing Rash Advance, January May 1958
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ISBN: 9780765602022
ISBN-10: 0765602024
Series: Studies on Contemporary China
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 14th December 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.52