L5 china prep.docx - 1 What was the intended purpose of the...

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1. What was the intended purpose of the Great Leap Forward? Identify and briefly explain the key reasons why it failed. The Great Leap Forward was an effort made by the Communist Party of China under Mao Zedong to try to transform China into a capable society of competing with other Western nations that were industrialized. As early as 1959, things started to go wrong for China. The main cause that resulted in the failure of the Great Leap Forward however, was the lack of central planning by the Chinese government. This became evident when researching the main causes that led to this catastrophic failure, as most of the causes that were listed were a direct result of this poor planning. 2.How did Mao use Chinese youth to carry out the Cultural Revolution? What impact did that have on those young people?

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