1356: Frank Dikotter – The Great Leap Forward

By unleashing China’s greatest asset, a labour force that was counted in the hundreds of millions, Mao thought that he could catapult his country past its competitors. Instead of following the Soviet model of development, which leaned heavily towards industry alone, China would ‘walk on two legs’: the peasant masses were mobilised to transform both agriculture and industry at the same time, converting a backward economy into a modern communist society of plenty for all.Download Print Quality (6144×7680) 480KB  |  Normal Quality (3072×3840) 223KB
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