Tombstone The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962

ISBN-10: 0374277931
ISBN-13: 9780374277932
Edition: 2012
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Description: An estimated thirty-six million Chinese men, women and children starved to death during China’s Great Leap Forward in the late ‘50’s and early ‘60’s. One of the greatest tragedies of the twentieth century, the famine is poorly understood, and in  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 10/30/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 656
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

An estimated thirty-six million Chinese men, women and children starved to death during China’s Great Leap Forward in the late ‘50’s and early ‘60’s. One of the greatest tragedies of the twentieth century, the famine is poorly understood, and in China is still euphemistically referred to as the “three years of natural disaster.”As a journalist with privileged access to official and unofficial sources, Yang Jisheng spent twenty years piecing together the events that led to mass nationwide starvation, including the death of his own father. Finding no natural causes, Yang lays the deaths at the feet of China’s totalitarian system and the refusal of officials at every level to value human life over ideology and self-interest.Tombstoneis a testament to inhumanity and occasional heroism that pits collective memory against the historical amnesia imposed by those in power. Stunning in scale and arresting in its detailed account of the staggering human cost of this tragedy,Tombstoneis written both as a memorial to the lives lost—an enduring tombstone in memory of the dead—and in hopeful anticipation of the final demise of the totalitarian system. Ian Johnson, writing inThe New York Review of Books, called the Chinese edition ofTombstone“groundbreaking…The most authoritative account of the great famine…One of the most important books to come out of China in recent years.”

Map
Introduction
Translators' Note
A Chronology of the Great Famine
An Everlasting Tombstone
The Epicenter of the Disaster
The Three Red Banners: Source of the Famine
Hard Times in Gansu
The People's Commune: Foundation of the Totalitarian System
The Communal Kitchens
Hungry Ghosts in Heaven's Pantry
The Ravages of the Five Winds
Anxious in Anhui
The Food Crisis
Turnaround in Lushan
China's Population Loss in the Great Leap Forward
The Official Response to the Crisis
Social Stability During the Great Famine
The Systemic Causes of the Great Famine
The Great Famine's Impact on Chinese Politics
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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