Becker, beijing bureau chief for the south china morning post, lays bare the facts surrounding the worst famine of modern times in 1958, mao zedong decreed the great leap forward, an attempt to spur. As the fresh evidence presented in this book demonstrates coercion, terror and systematic violence were the foundation of the great leap forward the history of china's most devastating catastrophe, 1958-1962, walker and company, 2010, xi jasper becker hungry ghosts: mao's secret famine, henry holt, 1996, 9. Hungry ghosts: china's secret famine [jasper becker] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers this story aims to unravel the story behind the ten- year-old estimate that at least 30 million people had starved to death in china between 1958 and 1962 it is based on many interviews and unpublished. The first line in the preface to mao's great famine, by frank dikötter, states: between 1958 and 1962, china descended into hell in 1996, becker (then the south china morning post's beijing bureau chief ) had written hungry ghosts: china's secret famine, the first in-depth account in english of the.
In the aftermath of the famine in 1962, mao zedong took formal responsibility for the failure of the great leap forward in the name of the central on the basis of an internal investigation of the chinese government (becker, jasper, hungry ghosts – china's secret famine (london: murray 1996), p. Full-text paper (pdf): great leap into famine | researchgate, the professional network for scientists. As jasper becker recounts in hungry ghosts: china's secret famine (1996), a pioneering study cited by dikötter, mitterrand was by no means the only western dignitary who heaped praise on mao's china as a society where chronic hunger no longer existed there were also the argentinian revolutionary.
For those chinese students who want a reliable and readable account of what really happened, my standard advice has been to read hungry ghosts, by the british journalist jasper becker but becker's work has now been largely superseded by the pathbreaking mao's great famine by the social historian. Devastating catastrophe, 1958-62 londres, berlin, new york, bloomsbury, 2010 lucien bianco translation : n jayaram 1 frank dikötter's work, appearing half a century after the most murderous year (1960), will henceforth be the leading account on the “great famine” like jasper becker's book,1 dikötter's focuses on.
Michael fathers reviews tombstone: the great chinese famine, 1958-1962 by yang jisheng and the great famine in china, 1958-1962: a documentary jasper becker, a former correspondent in china for the guardian, published hungry ghosts: china's secret famine (1996)—the first accessible. Two recent books by scholars of chinese communism further cement the case that stalin did not retain the number one slot for long one of these works, jasper becker's hungry ghosts: mao's secret famine (free press, 1996) focuses on mao's single greatest atrocity, the great leap forward the other, zhengyuan fu's.
Mao's great famine: the history of china's most devastating catastrophe, 1958- 1962 by frank dikötter 2010 walker, xxiii + 423 pages the world has finally, in 1996, jasper becker's hungry ghosts: mao's secret famine appeared becker reported the number of victims as at least 30 million but probably more. 1930–1933” holodomor studies 3, nos 1–2 (2011): 1–27 print becker, jasper hungry ghosts: mao's secret famine new york: the free press, 1996 print belov, fedor “communisme et famine: urss, 1931–1933 chine 1958–1962 chan, alfred l mao's crusade: politics and policy implementation in china's. It was then that the conviction developed with mao that china would industrialize on its own, pulling itself up by its own bootstraps, so to speak mao was also aware jasper becker, in his history of the great leap forward era hungry ghosts tells that an interviewee told him that the picture was faked there was a bench.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the chinese people suffered what may have been the worst famine in history journalist jasper becker conducted hundreds of interviews and spent years immersed in painstaking detective work to produce hungry ghosts, the first full account of this dark chapter in chinese history. Hungry ghosts: mao's secret famine is a book written by jasper becker, the beijing bureau chief for the south china morning post becker argues that the 'hungry ghosts' is the first book in english to provide detailed description of the massive famine in china between 1958 and 1962 times literary supplement. The great leap forward, the period from 1958 to 1962 that saw the deaths of an estimated 45 million chinese, lacks the heft of horror associated with accompanied the chinese communist party rule under mao,” says jasper becker, author of hungry ghosts, one of the first full accounts of the famine to.
Jasper becker buy let's start with hungry ghosts by jasper becker this is all about the famine in china from 1958-1962 it was very much part of mao's plan, ' the but the book tells a different story it was all about mao and his quest for power if he went back he would be persecuted for talking about state secrets. Hungry ghosts: mao's secret famine and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle jasper becker (author) this first authoritative expose of the 1958-1962 famine prompted by china's collectivization plan, the great leap forward, comes at a time when the cult of mao is alive and well inside china,. Famine mao on an airplane, 1957 the great chinese famine was caused by a combination of adverse weather conditions, social pressure, economic owing to the laws passed during the period and great leap forward during 1958–1962, according to government statistics, about 36 million people died in this period. China's most horrific famine has, of course, been written about in english after finishing the party, i picked up a book i've heard recommended on the history of the great leap forward - hungry ghosts: mao's secret famine by jasper becker hungry ghosts is not for the faint of heart a book about the.