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Great Leap Forward
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The Great Leap Forward was the first great disaster of the Maoist era. Emerging suddenly in late 1957, this unprecedented developmental strategy marked a rejection of both the cautious policies of "opposing rash advance" and the Soviet economic model. By early 1958, Mao Zedong had raised this mass campaign to the level of political "line", and a flurry of untested schemes and wild targets ensued. The resultant economic dislocation was not repaired when Mao called for a "cooling down" in the fall of 1958, and by early 1959 there were already s…

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Teiwes, Frederick C., “Great Leap Forward”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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