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The Unknown Cultural Revolution: Life and Change in a Chinese Village (Paperback)

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The Unknown Cultural Revolution challenges the established narrative of China's Cultural Revolution, which assumes that this period of great social upheaval led to economic disaster, the persecution of intellectuals, and senseless violence. Dongping Han offers a powerful account of the dramatic improvements in the living conditions, infrastructure, and agricultural practices of China's rural population that emerged in this period. Drawing on extensive local interviews and records in rural Jimo County, in Shandong Province, Han shows that the Cultural Revolution helped overthrow local hierarchies, establish participatory democracy and economic planning in the communes, and expand education and public services, especially for the elderly. Han lucidly illustrates how these changes fostered dramatic economic development in rural China.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781583671801
ISBN-10: 1583671803
Publisher: Monthly Review Press
Publication Date: December 1st, 2008
Pages: 186
Language: English