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Mass Campaigns
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1. Mass Campaigns 1949-76

Mass campaigns are best defined as organized mobilizations of large numbers of the population by the political elite to intensively tackle an issue or problem. These mass mobilizations were an important feature of political and social life in the Maoist period of the PRC (1949-78), when there were at least eighty nationwide campaigns and many local o…

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Duckett, Jane, “Mass Campaigns”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 02 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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