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Shan RizviProfessor Huaiyin LiIntroduction to China10 May 2019The Great Leap ForwardIn 1958, Mao Zedong, the Chairman of the People’s Republic of China, growing increasingly frustrated with the United States and the United Kingdom’s skyrocketing economies, launched the Great Leap Forward: an ambitious economic and social campaign to propel China back into the global superpower. For centuries, while western nations industrializedand innovated to extraordinary levels of efficiency, China remained a slow moving agrarian society – too focused on tradition and unwilling to change to realize that they were holding themselves back. Mao had a grand vision to make up for those loses and revolutionize the nation by transforming China into a socialist society through communization and industrialization at an unprecedented magnitude and speed. The result: the collapse of the Chinese economy and tens ofmillions of deaths. As explored in Dr. Huaiyin Li’s Village China Under Socialism and Reform, if we take a deep dive into the policies and history of the time, it becomes increasingly clear that

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