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Famine Politics in Maoist China and the Soviet Union$
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Felix Wemheuer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300195811

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300195811.001.0001

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Lessons Learned—How the Soviet Union and China Escaped Famine

Lessons Learned—How the Soviet Union and China Escaped Famine

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(p.221) Epilogue Lessons Learned—How the Soviet Union and China Escaped Famine
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Famine Politics in Maoist China and the Soviet Union
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Felix Wemheuer

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300195811.003.0009

This chapter explains how and why the Soviet Union since the mid-1950s and China after 1962 could prevent famine. It shows that the state readjusted relations with the peasantry. The Soviet Union became the largest grain importer in the world and built up a rural welfare system. In China, the government saw the prevention of urbanization and the introduction of birth planning as important tools for preventing famine. Finally, the chapter questions Amartya Sen’s thesis of the importance of democracy for the prevention of famine.

Keywords:   famine prevention, state–peasant relations, grain imports, rural welfare system, urbanization, birth planning, social policy, Amartya Sen, democracy

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