Throwing the Emperor from His Horse Portrait of a Village Leader in China, 1923-1995

ISBN-10: 0813331315
ISBN-13: 9780813331317
Edition: 1996
Authors: Peter J. Seybolt
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Westview Press
Publication date: 10/8/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

This engaging book sketches an intimate portrait of the life of Wang Fucheng, an illiterate peasant who served for thirty years as Communist party secretary of an impoverished village on the north China plain. Based on conversations over a seven-year period (1987-1994), between Wang Fucheng and Peter Seybolt the book unfolds as a continuous first-person narrative, framed by the author's overview and chapter introductions. Born in 1923, Wang Fucheng rose under the Communists from extreme poverty to a position of power and prestige in his village. His account provides a fascinating illustration of the process of social mobility during the Maoist era, the interaction between central and local leaders, and the way central policies were adapted at the village level. The book's compelling and evocative picture of life in rural China will appeal to scholars, students, and general readers alike.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Weights and Measures
Introduction Houhua Village in Space and Time
Poverty, Bandits, and Japanese Invaders: Early Life, 1923-1946
Return to Houhua Village: Land Reform and Establishing a Family, 1946-1953
We Will Have a Bright Future": The Cooperative Movement and Joining the Communist Party, 1954-1957"
This is Not the Way to Do Farm Work: The Great Leap Forward, 1958-1960"
Five Winds," "Three Togethers," "Four Cleanups," and Other Campaigns, 1961-1965"
At the Risk of Death, Dare to Throw the Emperor from His Horse": The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976"
Houhua Village After Mao: Prosperity and Future Prospects, 1977-1990
Retirement and Retrospective on Leadership
Houhua Village Under New Leadership, 1984-1990
Facing an Uncertain Future: Houhua Village, 1994
Notes
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