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Famine Politics in Maoist China and the Soviet Union

Felix Wemheuer


During the twentieth century, 80 percent of all famine victims worldwide died in China and the Soviet Union. This book analyzes the historical and political roots of these socialist-era famines, in which overambitious industrial programs endorsed by Stalin and Mao Zedong created greater disasters than those suffered under prerevolutionary regimes. Focusing on famine as a political tool, the book systematically exposes how conflicts about food among peasants, urban populations, and the socialist state resulted in the starvation death of millions. This analysis examines the long-term effects of ... More

Keywords: China, Soviet Union, socialist-era famines, Stalin, Mao Zedong, famine, peasants, urban populations, socialist state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780300195811
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300195811.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Felix Wemheuer, author
University of Cologne