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City Versus Countryside in Mao's China: Negotiating the Divide

City Versus Countryside in Mao's China: Negotiating the Divide

by Jeremy BrownJeremy Brown


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A powerful work of grassroots history, tracing China's rural-urban divide back to the policies of Mao Zedong, which pitted city dwellers against villagers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107424548
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/06/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Jeremy Brown is Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese History at Simon Fraser University. He is co-editor, with Paul G. Pickowicz, of Dilemmas of Victory: The Early Years of the People's Republic of China (2007) and has published articles in Late Imperial China and The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies.

Table of 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 1961–3; 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, 1974–8; Epilogue.

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