EBOOK Mao's Great Famine The History Of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe 1958 1962


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READ ↠ Mao's Great Famine The History Of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe 1958 1962 READ Mao's Great Famine The History Of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe 1958 1962 E greatest demolition of real estate and catastrophe for the natural environment in human history as up to a third of all housing was turned to rubble and the land savaged in the maniacal pursuit of steel and other industrial accomplishments Piecing together both the vicious machinations in the corridors of power and the everyday experiences of ordinary people Dikotter at last gives voice to the dead and disenfranchised Exhaustively researched and brilliantly written this magisterial groundbreaking account definitively recasts the history of the People's Republic of Chin. A very informative well researched book about the effects of the disastrous Great Leap Forward a supposed revolution in industry and agriculture dreamt up by the fuckwit known as Mao ZedongIt s long and dense but a valuable compelling read The author focuses way on the politics and political hierarchy of the times at the expense of personal stories from on the ground in the trenches but attempts to make up for that in the last part of the bookIt s well written enough but suffers due to occasionally awkward wording and usage issues For example the author repeatedly uses decimate as a synonym for annihilate Decimate means to destroy every tenth part If I decimate a plate of ten cookies I only ate one The author will spend an entire chapter talking about how many people died of the famine and will end on a sentence about how the famine decimated rural towns which causes the reader to think all of a sudden Eh no big deal despite the fact that all evidence points to the fact that this was a very big deal Random word flubs like that would often take me out of the book and I d have to force myself back in If this book can be distilled down to a few bullet points the salient points the author keeps hitting again and again Mao thought he was some sort of demi god that knew everything about everything Mao was in fact a galloping raging idiot of a nutsack Fuck Mao Zedong No seriously fuck Mao Zedong The big ideological problem was that he took the People s Army and made that a reality on every stage of society every single rung of the ladder so that farmers toiling in the fields were also soldiers and that kind of useless rhetoric is uite socially culturally and politically damaging in both the long and short run Fuck Mao Zedong The environment was plundered to the point that it s a miracle that it recovered at all Fuck Mao Zedong The Great Famine wasn t just a famine it was a collapse of virtually every sector of the economy It wasn t that people ran out of food The food was often there But distribution failed Inflation ran rampant Corruption soared Beaurocracy placed a stranglehold on ordinary government mechanisms All resources not just foodstuffs became scarce or seriously defective Ancient cultural rites and religions anything that held the society together and was traditionally used to keep destructive forces like violence at bay were systematically wiped out All of this was ignored at the top or explicitly encouraged at the top Mao had a hard on for making things rough for Russia because Stalin used to treat Mao like the little nutsack that he was No seriously fuck Mao Zedong may he rot in hell forever if you believe in hell The EndAlso read this book I highly recommend it You will come away knowing than you ever wanted to about this dark time in China s history and how much Mao Zedong sucks

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READ ↠ Mao's Great Famine The History Of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe 1958 1962 READ Mao's Great Famine The History Of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe 1958 1962 Nificently detailed book chronicles an era in Chinese history much speculated about but never before fully documented Dikotter shows that instead of lifting the country among the world's superpowers and proving the power of communism as Mao imagined in reality the Great Leap Forward was a giant and disastrous step in the opposite direction He demonstrates as nobody has before that under this initiative the country became the site not only of one of the most deadly mass killings of human history at least 45 million people were worked starved or beaten to death but also th. Been from China myself this books is a masterpiece It told me stories that was never been told to me when I was a student in China back in the 80s and 90s All the characters described in the book such as Deng Zhu and Peng were described to us as heroes in Chinese schools I truly believed it when Frank Dikotter said that in recent interviews people who survived the great famine still blamed the Soviet Union for the whole disaster it was what had been told to me in Chinese school Even now China places country s reputation and face above human life such as the train crash that happened recently I guess you would not really understand China unless you see it from a different perspective which is what Frank Dikotter offered me

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READ ↠ Mao's Great Famine The History Of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe 1958 1962 READ Mao's Great Famine The History Of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe 1958 1962 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 and overtake Britain in less than 15 years The experiment ended in the greatest catastrophe the country had ever known destroying tens of millions of lives Access to Communist Party archives has long been denied to all but the most loyal historians but now a new law has opened up thousands of central and provincial documents that fundamentally change the way one can study the Maoist era Frank Dikotter's astonishing riveting and mag. In a recent blog on Liberia I alluded in passing to Joseph Conrad specifically having his novella Heart of Darkness in mind Have you read it If you have you will recall the final words of Kurtz in his moment of epiphany shortly before his death The horror The horror Let me take you to another heart of darkness let me take you to China in the middle of the twentieth century to the time of the so called Great Leap Forward I ve been reading Mao s Great Famine by Frank Dik tter a new study of that grim period in the country s history It s a sober scholarly thoroughly researched piece of work written in clam and measured prose But you should see my copy see my marginalia see the things I ve written as I went along I ve not uite written The horror The horror though I came close alighting on passages like this If the thatch on the roofs had not been consumed by fire it was taken down and eaten in desperation Villagers also ate the plaster from the walls p169 The worst form of desecration was to chop up the body and use it as fertiliser This happened to Deng Daming beaten to death because his child had stolen a few broad beans Party Secretary Dan Naming ordered his body to be simmered down into fertiliser for a field of pumpkin p 297 Human flesh like everything else was traded on the black market p 321 But as desperate survivors all of them would have witnessed many of the horrors being inflicted on living human beings from body parts being chopped off to people being buried alive Surely in the midst of state sponsored violence necrophagy was neither the most common nor the most widespread way of degrading a human being p 323And so it goes on the story of the most devastating manmade famine in all of history one that is now estimated to have taken the lives of at least 45 million people I do have one small criticism of this book the title is rather misleading Yes most people caught up in this madness died of hunger but a great many died of disease or neglect or were worked to death including pregnant women others were beaten to death with clubs Some two million in desperation took their own lives And of course going on the Marxist principle that those who do not work do not eat the sick and the elderly were simply given no food at allThe madness had a face the face was Mao Zedong one of the most abhorrent criminals in human history It was his vision that in a few years China could overtake the capitalist West and the Soviet Union in its rate of industrial development It could all be done he believed by a single act of collective will voluntarism his particular contribution to Marxist thought Opposition was dismissed as rightist the work of bad elements The demand was for higher and higher targets in every field of economic activity and since the whole system was driven by fear higher and higher targets meant bigger and bigger lies bigger and bigger lies meant and reuisitions until people were left with a hundred per cent of nothing Farmers were driven from the fields to work on irrigation projects worthless in the main so no seeds were planted and crops grown And since in the communist scheme of things steel production was an important sign of getting it up Mao called for backyard furnaces into which people were compelled to throw all of their metal implements even their cooking utensils to receive brittle and worthless chunks of pig iron at the end No matter there was nothing to eat so who needs a wokExistence was collectivised people were driven into mass farms and then into vast communes There was no defence in law no right to private property even nappies were commandeered But on it went Mao urged forward by a sycophantic court Sparrows he decreed were vermin eating grain sparrows were to be exterminated They were in their tens of thousands with the result that the pests which made up the largest part of their diet multiplied out of control with an even greater impact on the diminishing food supply In the end in one of the craziest trade deals in history China was obliged to import sparrows from the Soviet UnionI do not envy modern China its prosperity how it has earned it by forms of suffering that most of us simply can t conceive the suffering of parents who sold their children or relatives who had to dig up their dead in a country with a deep reverence for departed spirits simply because they had nothing else to eatIt used to be said that when an imperial dynasty was coming to an end in the great cycles of Chinese history that it had lost the mandate of heaven For a good part of the twentieth century from the Revolution of 1911 until at least the death of Mao in 1976 China itself might be said to have lost the mandate of heaven Frank Dik tter shows just how deeply the country descended into one cycle of hell Not long after it was over Mao took into another the Cultural Revolution I can t recommend this book highly enough

  • Hardcover
  • 448
  • Mao's Great Famine The History Of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe 1958 1962
  • Frank Dikötter
  • English
  • 06 August 2020
  • 9780747595083

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    READ Mao's Great Famine The History Of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe 1958 1962 EBOOK Mao's Great Famine The History Of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe 1958 1962 In a recent blog on Liberia I alluded in passing to Joseph Conrad specifically having his novella Heart of Darkness in mind Have you read it? If you have you will recall the final words of Kurtz in his moment of epiphany shortly before his death The horror The horror Let me take you to another heart of darkness; let me take you t

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    Frank Dikötter ☆ 0 READ SUMMARY È PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Frank Dikötter READ Mao's Great Famine The History Of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe 1958 1962 It is hard to exaggerate the sheer chilling effect this book by Frank Dikötter can have It has made me realise that the statement by Gordon Kerr in his primer A Short History Of China that the death tolls in China throughout its documented 4000 years of history areoften staggering demonstrating not only a disdain for human life and with that also providing a vast and inexhaustible supply of manpower In the end

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    Frank Dikötter ☆ 0 READ SUMMARY È PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Frank Dikötter READ Mao's Great Famine The History Of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe 1958 1962 This is one of those occasions when I almost wish the God i believed in was the vicious judgemental harsh one that some fundamentalists of all flavours seem to look to This was brilliantly written but a really difficult wading through the horror and disgusting callousness of the Chinese regime at the time of the Great Leap Forward As I type t

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    EBOOK Mao's Great Famine The History Of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe 1958 1962 SUMMARY È PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Frank Dikötter READ Mao's Great Famine The History Of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe 1958 1962 Been from China myself this books is a masterpiece It told me stories that was never been told to me when I was a student in China back in the 8

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    Frank Dikötter ☆ 0 READ EBOOK Mao's Great Famine The History Of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe 1958 1962 The executioner always kills twice the second time through silence Elie WieselThis is the least compelling volume of Frank Dikotter's recent trilogy on the years of communist rule in China from 1945 1976 The three works are undoubtably reuired reading if you are interested in the period and are limited to English as I a

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    SUMMARY È PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Frank Dikötter Frank Dikötter ☆ 0 READ READ Mao's Great Famine The History Of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe 1958 1962 One man’s utopia is another man’s dystopia Utopia is a dream we aspire; an euilibrium that dignifies all human survival When faultless notions embrace immorality and audacious obstinacy emitted from one solitary individual an illusionary veil is fashioned camouflaging tyranny torment and nightmarish endurance On every occasion of my under

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    READ Mao's Great Famine The History Of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe 1958 1962 EBOOK Mao's Great Famine The History Of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe 1958 1962 A very informative well researched book about the effects of the disastrous Great Leap Forward a supposed revolution in industry and agriculture dreamt up by the fuckwit known as Mao ZedongIt's long and dense but a valuabl

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    EBOOK Mao's Great Famine The History Of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe 1958 1962 SUMMARY È PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Frank Dikötter Frank Dikötter ☆ 0 READ This book makes a significant contribution to the knowledge of the common man viz me Like Anne Applebaum's work on the Soviet Union Mr Dikötter has undertaken revealing comprehensive research on a subject little understood in the popular conscience and done so in an eminently readable form The naïve among us

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    EBOOK Mao's Great Famine The History Of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe 1958 1962 Frank Dikötter ☆ 0 READ READ Mao's Great Famine The History Of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe 1958 1962 This is a book about the effects of slavery at all levels of a totalitarian regime In 1958 Chairman Mao effectively fell out with Stalin and determined that the People's Republic of China would become self sufficient no matter what the cost He became a slave to the idea that the population would take the Great Leap Forwa

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