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  • Great Leap Forward

    China went through several periods of turmoil and instability in the 20th century, among them the Great Leap Forward. Many books and articles have been written on this period. Among them is ‘Black Country to Red China: One girl’s story from war-torn England to Revolutionary China’ by Esther Cheo Ying, originally written in 1980. Esther Cheo Ying was born in China but raised in England, but returned to China in 1949 and stayed for 11 years (Vintage Books, n.d.). Set 30 years prior to 1980, her book detailed her stay in China during its most turbulent times. The chapter ‘Campaigns’ in Black Country to Red China told how the Chinese government of the time used mass propaganda to spread ideology and political ideas as well as some which were aimed at increasing social welfare (Cheo, 2009, pp. 85-98). Campaigns of ideological nature were those aimed at demonising western ideals, while propaganda to discourage feudal practices was also at bay. Even social campaigns such as hygiene campaigns were present. It reflected how back when illiteracy was a major issue, the Chinese government saw fit to use campaigns and mass propaganda as a means of spreading an idea or a movement as…

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  • Mao's Great Leap Forward Essay

    Mao’s Great Leap Forward, which began in the late 1950’s, had three main goals within the reforms. These goals centred around agricultural, industrial and ideological reform. Mao aimed to dramatically increase agricultural output which he believed needed to be complimented by an increase in industrial output. Mao was also aiming to move from socialism into communism during this period. Similarly Khrushchev’s reforms of the 1950’s also centred around these same themes of agriculture, industrial…

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  • Mao Zedong's Great Leap Forward

    At the late of 20th century, Mao Zedong, communist leader, organized the Cultural Revolution in order to assert the authority over the Chinese government. He declared that the nation’s youth to purify the “impure” elements of Chinese society and to revive the revolutionary spirit that lead to victory in the civil war 20 decades earlier in order to restore the China’s reputation and power. However, his leadership position in government as in the Soviet Union was weakened and failed his Great Leap…

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  • Son Of The Revolution Summary

    written by Liang Heng. Heng shares his firsthand account of growing up in a very telling era in China. Not only does Heng take us through the milestone events of Mao’s Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, but also through the Hundred Flowers Campaign, the Anti-Rightist Campaign as well as the Socialist Education Campaign. Heng provides a look into these historical pillars in Chinese history in a way that the Golf and Overfield texts could only dream of. It’s a truly breathtaking…

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  • The Great Leap Forward Case Study The first industry The Great Leap Forward began in agriculture. In 1957, the central committee of the Chinese Communist Party passed the development plan of agriculture from 1956 to 1967. The construction of the water conservancy project, increase in agricultural yields, transformation of landscapes, collectivization, and elimination of four pests were advocated. Numerous dams, water drainage systems, and canals were built. Unfortunately, the majority of them were constructed on the…

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  • The Consequences Of Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution

    Previously he started with the “Great Leap Forward” which was started to modernize China. Mao began making factories to promote technology and collectivized farms. What he didn’t know was that the workers didn’t know how to use the factories and the equipment so the things that were produced were of very bad quality and not up to par (“China’s Cultural Revolution Begins: May 1966”). Because farmland was used to build factories on, the production of crops started to decline which resulted into…

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  • Stalin And Mao Case Study

    Soviet aid had now turned into excessive loans and exploitation. Therefore, Mao modified the goals of the first 5 Year Plan and progressed towards the Great Leap Forward as his version of the second 5 Year Plan. While Stalin’s second and third 5 Year Plans set more realistic targets and focused on a greater production of machinery and arms for defence, they were considerably effective. Production of consumer goods and food was apparent however towards the third 5 Year Plan and the forthcoming of…

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  • Mao's Criticism Of The Hundred Flowers Campaign

    Mao tse-tung brought the communist revolution to China and gained political though the barrel of a gun. The Chinese system he overthrew nearly 50 years ago was backwards and corrupt. Few would argue the fact that he dragged China into the 20th century. But at a cost in human lives that is staggering. Suspected enemies of the party were murdered by the millions, farming collectives and the Great Leap Forwards of industrialization that failed miserably and left millions more died from starvation.…

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  • Comparison Of The Great Leap Forward And Cultural Revolution

    The Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution were revolutions in China that contradicted each other. They were two major events and program that China set in motion during the 1950s and 1960s to help China become the world’s super power country. They were programs set in motion by Mao Zedong after 1949. In the movie, “To Live,” you can see that there were many hidden messages that imply the hard times during the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution. Fugui’s two children were killed…

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  • Advantages Of Authoritarianism In Achieving Economic Growth

    Just over a few decades ago, China, South Korea and Singapore were among the poorest with underdeveloped, weak economies. However, these economies were able to grow rapidly and successfully as they were under the authoritarian regimes during their period of growth. Now, the question is: How has authoritarianism helped these states in achieving economic growth? Political stability is one of the most significant authoritarian advantages to economic growth because it allows leaders to come up with…

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