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Dream of a Red Factory : The Legacy of High Stalinism in China - Deborah A. Kaple

Dream of a Red Factory

The Legacy of High Stalinism in China

Hardcover Published: 6th January 1994
ISBN: 9780195083156
Number Of Pages: 182

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Drawing on previously unknown primary sources in both Chinese and Russian, Deborah A. Kaple has written a powerful and absorbing account of the model of factory management and organization that the Chinese communists formulated in the 1949-1953 period. She reveals that their "new" management techniques were adapted from Soviet propaganda during the harsh period of Stalin's post-war reconstruction. The idealized Stalinist management system consisted mainly of strict Communist Party control of all aspects of workers' lives, which is the root of such strong Party control over Chinese society today. Dream of a Red Factory is a rare and revealing look at the consolidation rule in China; told through the prism of the development of new "socialist" factories and enterprises. Kaple completely counters the old myth of the "Soviet monolith" in China, and carefully reconstructs how the Chinese communists came to rely on an idealized, propagandistic version of the Soviet model instead.

"Dream of a Red Factory is unique for its focus both on the works that the CCP translated and used (some that were little understood and about which no one in China had any experience) and upon Soviet post-WWII recovery plans that so influenced China. This book is instructive in understanding how and why Mao did what he did to China and even why China had the problems it did in engineering economic growth."--Asian Affairs "A clear, comprehensive portrait of the early days of Chinese factory management...One of the best analyses of early Chinese emulation of the Soviet model...The text shines with a clear description of the first four years of Chinese "red" factories."--China Review International "This concise book sheds startling new light on the origins of post-1949 labour relations in China...[Kaple's] findings force us to revise thoroughly our understanding of the relationship between Soviet and Chinese models of factory organization."--The China Quarterly

List of Tablesp. xvii
Note on Transliterationp. xix
Modern China's Stalinist Rootsp. 3
Reading the Soviet Press of 1946-1950p. 5
The Influence of High Stalinismp. 7
China's View of the Soviet Modelp. 9
Why High Stalinism?p. 11
Books the Soviets Translated into Chinese, 1949-1955p. 14
The Reality of the Soviet Management Modelp. 19
High Stalinism and the Role of the Partyp. 20
The Labor Problem in the USSRp. 21
The Fourth Five-Year Plan: The "Stalin Plan"p. 26
Conclusionp. 39
Soviet Socialism in Translationp. 41
Problems of Creating a Chinese Working Classp. 42
Soviet Enterprise Management Means Party Primacyp. 44
Worker Mobilization and Motivation in the Factoryp. 47
The Agitator in the Factoryp. 52
The Production Conferencep. 54
Conclusionp. 56
Industrialization: Managing a Socialist Enterprisep. 58
The Dual Approach to Industrial Enterprise Managementp. 59
The CCP's Industrial Management Mechanismp. 60
Democratization of Managementp. 65
Conclusionp. 70
Socialization: Creating a Chinese Working Classp. 72
A New Worldview for Workersp. 73
The Factory Mass Organizationsp. 80
Worker Socialization in the Factoryp. 81
Conclusionp. 89
Control: Manipulating the Massesp. 92
Mass Organizations in the Factoryp. 93
Mass Campaigns and Movementsp. 101
Conclusionp. 106
The Triumph of High Stalinismp. 108
The Worst of Stalinism in Translationp. 109
Political Control over Economic Rationalityp. 110
CCP Goals: Three Explicit, One Implicitp. 111
The Lasting Lessons of High Stalinismp. 114
The Soviet Union and China Sign Agreements in Moscow, February 14, 1950p. 117
Notesp. 125
Bibliographyp. 149
Indexp. 161
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ISBN: 9780195083156
ISBN-10: 0195083156
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 182
Published: 6th January 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.3 x 16.1  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.5