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City versus countryside in Mao's China : negotiating the divide

Author: Jeremy Brown
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A powerful work of grassroots history showing how China's rural-urban divide can be traced back to the policies of Mao Zedong, which pitted city dwellers against villagers"--
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeremy Brown
ISBN: 9781107024045 1107024048
OCLC Number: 761537928
Description: xiv, 254 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1. The city leads the village: governing Tianjin in the early 1950s --
2. Eating, moving, and working --
3. Tianjin's great leap: urban survival, rural starvation --
4. The great downsizing of 1961-1963 --
5. The four cleanups and urban youth in Tianjin's hinterland --
6. Purifying the city: the deportation of political outcasts during the Cultural Revolution --
7. Neither urban nor rural: in-between spaces in the 1960s and 1970s --
8. Staging Xiaojinzhuang: the urban occupation of a model village, 1974-1978 --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Jeremy Brown.

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