Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-62

Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-62 cover

Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-62

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WINNER OF THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE

'A gripping and masterful portrait of the brutal court of Mao, based on new research but also written with great narrative verve' Simon Sebag Montefiore

'Harrowing and brilliant' Ben Macintyre

'A critical contribution to Chinese history' Wall Street Journal

Between 1958 and 1962, 45 million Chinese people were worked, starved or beaten to death.
Mao Zedong threw his country into a frenzy with the Great Leap Forward, an attempt to catch up with and overtake the West in less than fifteen years. It led to one of the greatest catastrophes the world has ever known.

Dikotter's extraordinary research within Chinese archives brings together for the first time what happened in the corridors of power with the everyday experiences of ordinary people, giving voice to the dead and disenfranchised. This groundbreaking account definitively recasts the history of the People's Republic of China.

Frank Dikötter is Chair Professor of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong and Professor of the Modern History of China at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is a key proponent of studying the history of China in global perspective, and has published a series of innovative books, from his classic The Discourse of Race in Modern China (Univ. Stanford Press 1992) to the controversial Narcotic Culture: A History of Drugs in China (Univ. Chicago Press 2004). He lives in Hong Kong.

ISBN: 9781408886366

ISBN-10: 9781408886366

Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks

Publication Date: 01/09/2018 - 12:00am

On Sale: 01/09/2018 - 12:00am

Pages: 448

Language: English

Categories

History / Asia / China

Political Science / Political Ideologies / Communism, Post-Communism & Socialism