This volume will be of interest not only to historians, sociologists, and political scientists of modern China, but also to scholars engaged in debate about state-society relations, the politics of famine, and post-revolutionary gender conflict.
Kimberley Ens Manning is an associate professor of political science at Concordia University. Felix Wemheuer is an assistant professor in the Department for East Asian Studies at the University of Vienna. Contributors: Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik, Richard King, Xin Yi, Wang Yanni, Gao Hua, Yixin Chen, Jeremy Brown, Ralph A. Thaxton Jr., and Wangling Gao
Introduction / Kimberley Ens Manning and Felix Wemheuer 1 Re-Imagining the Chinese Peasant: The Historiography on the Great Leap Forward / Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik 2 Romancing the Leap: Euphoria in the Moment before Disaster / Richard King 3 The Gendered Politics of Woman-Work: Rethinking Radicalism in the Great Leap Forward / Kimberley Ens Manning 4 "The Grain Problem Is an Ideological Problem": Discourses of Hunger in the 1957 Socialist Education Campaign / Felix Wemheuer 5 On the Distribution System of Large-Scale People's Communes / Xin Yi 6 An Introduction to the ABCs of Communization: A Case Study of Macheng County / Wang Yanni 7 Food Augmentation Methods and Food Substitutes during the Great Famine / Gao Hua 8 Under the Same Maoist Sky: Accounting for Death Rate Discrepancies in Anhui and Jiangxi / Chen Yixin 9 Great Leap City: Surviving the Famine in Tianjin / Jeremy Brown 10 How the Great Leap Forward Famine Ended in Rural China: "Administrative Intervention" versus Peasant Resistance / Ralph A. Thaxton Jr. 11 A Study of Chinese Peasant "Counter-Action" / Gao Wangling Bibliography Index