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A Plethora of Plans

Roderick MacFarquhar

in The Origins of the Cultural Revolution

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780192149978
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670084 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192149978.003.0005
A Plethora of Plans

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This chapter discusses various plans considered by the Chinese government to address the prospect of persisting mass starvation in the countryside and its spread to the cities. At this point, Chairman Mao appeared to be ready to acknowledge or accept the blame for the economic disaster that resulted from his failed GLF initiative. The plans included the establishment of a less egalitarian accounting system, the restoration of or compensation for confiscated private properties, the importation of grains, and the transfer of millions of urban residents back to the countryside.

Keywords: starvation; economic disasters; economic policy; Mao Zedong; GLF; accounting system; private properties; grain import; urban residents

Chapter.  7310 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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