Catastrophe and Contention in Rural China Mao's Great Leap Forward Famine and the Origins of Righteous Resistance in Da Fo Village

ISBN-10: 0521722306

ISBN-13: 9780521722308

Edition: 2008

Authors: Ralph A. Thaxton

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This book documents how China's rural people remember the great famine of Maoist rule, which proved to be the worst famine in modern world history. Ralph A. Thaxton, Jr., sheds new light on how China's socialist rulers drove rural dwellers to hunger and starvation, on how powerless villagers formed resistance to the corruption and coercion of collectivization, and on how their hidden and contentious acts, both individual and concerted, allowed them to survive and escape the predatory grip of leaders and networks in the thrall of Mao's authoritarian plan for a full-throttle realization of communism - a plan that engendered an unprecedented disaster for rural families. Based on his study of a rural village's memories of the famine, Thaxton argues that these memories persisted long after the events of the famine and shaped rural resistance to the socialist state, both before and after the post-Mao era of reform.
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Book details

List price: $40.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/5/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540

Acknowledgments
Cast of Characters: Da Fo Village (Great Buddha), 1920-1993
Chronology of Important Events
Introduction
The Great Leap Forward Famine and Chairman Mao's Catastrophe
The History of a Single Rural Village
Memory, Politics, and Oral History Methodology
Book Overview
The Republican Era and the Emergence of Communist Leadership During the Anti-Japanese War of Resistance
Saline Earth and Earth Salt
The Crises of the Republican Period
Large Landholders in the Republican Period
The Japanese Invasion and the Two Poles of the Resistance
The Da Fo Militia and the Second Pole
Early Communist Party Governance and Protection in Da Fo
The Ascent of the Vigilante Militia: The Violent Antecedents of Mao's War Communism
Occupation by Yang Faxian's Puppet Regime
The Second Pole in Occupied Da Fo
The Land Revolution of 1945-1947
The Civil War and Vigilante Violence, 1946-1949
The Disappearance of the First Pole
The Work Style of War
The Onset of Collectivization and Popular Dissatisfaction with Mao's "Yellow Bomb" Road
Cooperativization: Mutual Aid Groups and Land-Pooling Associations
The Introduction and Escalation of Unified Purchase and Sale
The Failure of the Agricultural Production Cooperative
The Path to the Liangmen People's Commune
The Mandate Abandoned: The Disaster of the Great Leap Forward
Farming and Living Collectively
Runaway Procurement and the Causes of the Famine
Escalating Demands for Labor
The Gender Bias of Maoist Forced Labor and the Attack on Motherhood
Public Criticism
Strategies of Survival and their Elimination in the Great Leap Forward
Foot-Dragging
Remittances
Migration
The Black Market
Begging
Crop Theft
Gleaning
Grain Concealment
The Nature of Resistance in the Early Years of the Great Leap
Political Repression and the Lesson from Xinyang
The Escape from Famine and Death
Chi Qing: The Most Effective Hidden Strategy of Resistance
The Death Rate in Da Fo
Explaining Da Fo's Escape from the Great Leap Forward Famine
Chi Qing as a Form of Anti-State Resistance
Indignation and Frustrated Retaliation: The Politics of Disengagement
Alienation and Disengagement during the Great Leap Forward
Resentment Unalleviated: The Anti-Five Winds Campaign and the Four Cleanups Campaign
The Cultural Revolution and Its Complexities
The Price of Restoring Order: Bao Zhilong Is Returned to Power
The Market Comes First: The Economics of Disengagement and the Origins of Reform
Hidden Smallholding within Collectivization
The Land Division of 1982
Hidden Market Reentry within Collectivization
Persistent Memories and Long-Delayed Retaliation in the Reform Era
The State Campaign to Manage the Memory of the Great Leap Forward Famine
Obstacles to Creating a New Memory of the Great Leap Forward Famine
Settling the Score
Conclusion
War Communism and Lumpen Leadership
The Repression and Theft of Entitlement
Resistance, Memory, and Communist Party Legitimacy
The Cultural Revolution and Its Link to the Great Leap Famine
The Great Leap's Legacy and Reform
Reform and Revenge
Bibliography
Index
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