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Tombstone : the untold story of Mao's great famine

Author: Jisheng Yang; Stacy Mosher; Jian Guo
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"More people died in Mao's Great Famine than in the entire First World War, yet this story has remained largely untold, until now. Still banned in China, Tombstone draws on the author's privileged access to official and unofficial sources to uncover the full human cost of the tragedy, and create an unprecedented work of historical reckoning."--Publisher description.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jisheng Yang; Stacy Mosher; Jian Guo
ISBN: 9780241956984 0241956986 9781846145186 184614518X
OCLC Number: 857109140
Notes: Translated from the Chinese.
Description: pages cm
Contents: Introduction / Edward Friedman and Roderick MacFarquhar --
Translators' note --
Chronology of the Great Famine --
Everlasting tombstone --
1. Epicenter of the disaster --
2. Three red banners: source of the famine --
3. Hard times in Gansu --
4. People's commune: foundation of the totalitarian system --
5. Communal kitchens --
6. Hungry ghosts in heaven's pantry --
7. Ravages of the five winds --
8. Anxious in Anhui --
9. Food crisis --
10. Turnaround in Lushan --
11. China's population loss in the Great Leap Forward --
12. Official response to the crisis --
13. Social stability during the great famine --
14. Systemic causes of the Great Famine --
15. Great Famine's impact on Chinese politics.
Responsibility: by Yang Jisheng ; translated by Stacy Mosher, Guo Jian.

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