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Forgotten Voices of Mao's Great Famine, 1958-1962: An Oral History

Zhou Xun


In 1958, China’s revered leader Mao Zedong instituted a program designed to transform his giant nation into a Communist utopia. Called the Great Leap Forward, Mao’s grand scheme—like so many other utopian dreams of the twentieth century—proved a monumental disaster, resulting in the mass destruction of China’s agriculture, industry, and trade while leaving large portions of the countryside forever scarred by man-made environmental disasters. The resulting three-year famine claimed the lives of more than 45 million people in China. In this oral history of modern China’s greatest tragedy, surviv ... More

Keywords: China, Mao Zedong, Great Leap Forward, famine, Chinese government, Great Famine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300184044
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300184044.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zhou Xun, author