In the Lap of Tigers: The Communist Labor University of Jiangxi Province

In the Lap of Tigers: The Communist Labor University of Jiangxi Province

by John Cleverley

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Founded in the forested mountains of ChinaOs remote Jiangxi Province in 1958, the Communist Labor University, along with some 100 branch campuses, introduced uneducated farmers and peasants to basic agricultural science and farming techniques through an innovative work-study program until 1980. Drawing on a wealth of archival materials, John Cleverley here explores the inner workings of this unique Chinese institution and the direct personal involvement in its affairs by the nationOs key communist leaders, including Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Zhu De, and Deng Xiaoping. The community would survive the dictates of political agriculture, famine and pestilence, and the Cultural Revolution, thus mirroring higher education's own cycle of expansion, contraction, and division. Yet the university could not avoid the bitter factional politics and deadly power plays of the 1970s. Open to the charge that it was a utopian experiment, another of Mao's great follies, its undoing was part of the larger canvas of ChinaOs shift from a Maoist vision to DengOs philosophy of pragmatic socialism. This fascinating story illuminates the internal and external politics of an innovative educational enterprise from both an institutional and personal perspective. In the process, the book underscores the larger issues of educational reform and political and social change in China.


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ISBN-13: 9781461600640
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/22/2000
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

John Cleverley is honorary professor, University of Sydney, and managing director of Asian Overseas Services Party Ltd.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 List of Photographs
Chapter 2 Abbreviations and Terms
Chapter 3 Preface
Chapter 4 Map
Chapter 5 Introduction: Setting the Scene
Part 6 I: ESTABLISHMENT
Chapter 7 1 Great Expectations
Chapter 8 2 The Founding
Chapter 9 3 Branches of Gongda
Chapter 10 4 A Dark Side
Part 11 II: EDUCATIONAL WORK
Chapter 12 5 Classroom and Farm
Chapter 13 6 “Staffers, Laborers, and Researchers.”
Part 14 III: ON POLITICS
Chapter 15 7 Guidance from the Chairman
Chapter 16 8 A Role for Ideology
Chapter 17 9 On Political Movements
Part 18 IV: STEPS BACK AND FORWARD
Chapter 19 10 Famine and Fortitude
Chapter 20 11 A Letter from Mao Zedong
Chapter 21 12 Good Friends Rally
Chapter 22 13 “The Golden Years"
Part 23 V: CYCLE OF REVOLUTION
Chapter 24 14 Cultural Wars
Chapter 25 15 An Open Door
Chapter 26 16 Trial by Media
Chapter 27 17 Attacked by Left and Right
Part 28 VI: LIFE AND LEGEND
Chapter 29 18 Decision Point
Chapter 30 19 Life after Death
Chapter 31 Afterword
Chapter 32 Notes
Chapter 33 Select Bibliography
Chapter 34 Index
Chapter 35 About the Author

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