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The Resource Mao's great famine : the history of China's most devastating catastrophe, 1958-1962, Frank Dikötter

Mao's great famine : the history of China's most devastating catastrophe, 1958-1962, Frank Dikötter

Label
Mao's great famine : the history of China's most devastating catastrophe, 1958-1962
Title
Mao's great famine
Title remainder
the history of China's most devastating catastrophe, 1958-1962
Statement of responsibility
Frank Dikötter
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
""Between 1958 and 1962, China descended into hell. Mao Zedong threw his country into a frenzy with the Great Leap Forward, an attempt to catch up with and overtake Britain in less than fifteen years. The experiment ended in the greatest catastrophe the country had ever known, destroying tens of millions of lives." So opens Frank Dikotter's astonishing, riveting, magnificently detailed chronicle of an era in Chinese history much speculated about but never before fully documented because access to Communist Party archives has long been restricted to all but the most trusted historians. However, a new archive law has opened up thousands of central and provincial documents that "fundamentally change the way one can study the Maoist era."" "Dikotter makes clear, as nobody has before, that far from being the program that would lift the country among the world's superpowers and prove the power of communism, as Mao imagined, the Great Leap Forward propelled the country in the other direction. It became not only one of the most deadly mass killings in human history--at least 45 million people were worked, starved, or beaten to death--but also the greatest demolition of real estate in history, as up to one third of all housing was turned into rubble. The experiment was a catastrophe for the natural world as well, as the land was savaged in the maniacal pursuit of steel and other industrial accomplishments." "In a powerful meshing of exhaustive research in Chinese archives and narrative drive, Dikotter for the first time links up what happened in the corridors of power--the vicious backstabbing and bullying tactics that took place among party leaders--with the everyday experiences of ordinary people, giving voice to the dead and disenfranchised. His magisterial account recasts the history of the People's Republic of China."--Jacket
Awards note
Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction, 2011.
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dikötter, Frank
Dewey number
951.05/5
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HC430.F3
LC item number
D55 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mao, Zedong
  • Famines
  • Food supply
  • China
  • China
  • Economic policy
  • Famines
  • Food supply
  • China
  • Famines
  • Food supply
  • Economic policy
  • Famines
  • Food supply
  • China
  • Economic policy
Label
Mao's great famine : the history of China's most devastating catastrophe, 1958-1962, Frank Dikötter
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Two rivals -- The bidding starts -- Purging the ranks -- Bugle call -- Launching sputniks -- Let the shelling begin -- The people's communes -- Steel fever -- Warning signs -- Shopping spree -- Dizzy with success -- The end of truth -- Repression -- The Sino-Soviet rift -- Capitalist grain -- Finding a way out -- Agriculture -- Industry -- Trade -- Housing -- Nature -- Feasting through famine -- Wheeling and dealing -- On the sly -- 'Dear Chairman Mao' -- Robbers and rebels -- Exodus -- Children -- Women -- The elderly -- Accidents -- Disease -- The gulag -- Violence -- Sites of horror -- Cannibalism -- The final tally
Control code
ocn555656528
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
xxi, 420 pages, [8] pages of plates
Isbn
9780802779236
Lccn
2010013141
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780802779236
  • (OCoLC)555656528
Label
Mao's great famine : the history of China's most devastating catastrophe, 1958-1962, Frank Dikötter
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Two rivals -- The bidding starts -- Purging the ranks -- Bugle call -- Launching sputniks -- Let the shelling begin -- The people's communes -- Steel fever -- Warning signs -- Shopping spree -- Dizzy with success -- The end of truth -- Repression -- The Sino-Soviet rift -- Capitalist grain -- Finding a way out -- Agriculture -- Industry -- Trade -- Housing -- Nature -- Feasting through famine -- Wheeling and dealing -- On the sly -- 'Dear Chairman Mao' -- Robbers and rebels -- Exodus -- Children -- Women -- The elderly -- Accidents -- Disease -- The gulag -- Violence -- Sites of horror -- Cannibalism -- The final tally
Control code
ocn555656528
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
xxi, 420 pages, [8] pages of plates
Isbn
9780802779236
Lccn
2010013141
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780802779236
  • (OCoLC)555656528

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