Dali L. YANG

Propaganda poster, 1958. STEFAN LANDSBERGER COLLECTION.

The Great Leap Forward was a campaign launched in 1958 by China’s leaders, particularly Mao Zedong, to use massive mobilization to advance in agricultural and industrial development. The campaign, which promoted people’s communes to remove economic incentives and encouraged the rural workforce to smelt iron in backyard furnaces, led directly to the Great Leap famine, the worst famine in human history.

The Great Leap

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By |2014-12-16T16:54:01-05:00January 23rd, 2012|Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Governance, Ideology|Comments Off on Great Leap Forward (Dàyuèjìn 大跃进)|Dàyuèjìn 大跃进 (Great Leap Forward)

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