China During the "Great Leap Forward" Article Review by Quality Writers

China During the "Great Leap Forward"
An analysis of China during the "Great Leap Forward" as seen through the article, "Advance Payment of Wages Every Month Stimulates the Enthusiasm of Commune Members" by Liu Lien-heng.
# 101211 | 1,784 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Feb 21, 2008 in History (Asian) , Political Science (Communism) , English (Analysis)

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This paper analyzes an article from Tientsin Jih-pao, written by Liu Lien-heng, entitled "Advance Payment of Wages Every Month Stimulates the Enthusiasm of Commune Members." It shows how this media source serves as an excellent illustration of the ideology and political practices of the Communist Party during the 1950s to 1960s, which was consumed by the campaign known as the "Great Leap Forward". The paper further shows how, through the article, we may understand how life in China at this time was profoundly shaped by ideological campaigns that determined economic policy at all levels of society.

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China and the Great Leap Forward

From the Paper:

"This co-existence of the recognition of individualism, in the form of incentives for personal interests, with the overall emphasis upon group production in the media source may, it can be argued, reflect an ideological struggle occurring in the higher reaches of the Communist Party at this time regarding the best means of ensuring the success of agricultural production and economic growth in the China. On the one hand, workers are represented in styles reminiscent of Stalin's Soviet Union of the 1930s in their whole-hearted commitment to the economic design of the Chinese communist state. However, on the other hand, we see how the communal agricultural model that was so important to the ideological foundations of the communist state is being contradicted by a surprising recognition that incentives work. These seem to imply the importance of individualism within the collective economic structures of Chinese rural society at this time."

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