China #5 - Emily Hansen China Pre-Class#5 What was the...

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Emily Hansen5/16/17China Pre-Class #5What was the Hundred Flowers Campaign and how did it affect China at the time? The Hundred Flower campaign was also a movement back then in 1956 in China. It encouraged the people of China to express their beliefs and opinions about political things, especially the communist side. The movement was in part a response to the demoralization of intellectuals, who felt estranged from The Communist Party. The biggest part of this movement was to grant the right to speak more and think and tell those thoughts without being reprimanded. In 1956, the Communist leader Mao Zedong said this, “Let a hundred flowers bloom, and a hundred schools of thought contend.”What were the results of the Great Leap Forward? Why was it such a disaster? The Great Leap Forward happened in the years 1958 to 1961. The great leap forward was organized and its vast population, especially in large-scale rural communes, to meet China’s industrial and agricultural problems. The Chinese hoped to develop labor-intensive methods of industrialization, which would emphasize manpower rather than machines and capital expenditure. The Great Leap was not merely a bold economic project. It was also intended to show the Soviet Union that the Chinese approach to economic development was more vibrant, and ultimately would be more successful, than the Soviet model that had been followed studiously until then.

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