Throwing The Emperor From His Horse / Edition 1

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Overview


This engaging book sketches an intimate portrait of the life of Wang Fucheng, an illiterate peasant who served for thirty years as Communist party secretary of an impoverished village on the north China plain. Based on conversations over a seven-year period (1987–1994), between Wang Fucheng and Peter Seybolt the book unfolds as a continuous first-person narrative, framed by the author’s overview and chapter introductions.Born in 1923, Wang Fucheng rose under the Communists from extreme poverty to a position of power and prestige in his village. His account provides a fascinating illustration of the process of social mobility during the Maoist era, the interaction between central and local leaders, and the way central policies were adapted at the village level. The book’s compelling and evocative picture of life in rural China will appeal to scholars, students, and general readers alike.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813331317
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,005,310
  • Lexile: 1020L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.41 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Peter J. Seybolt is professor of history and director of the Asian Studies Program at the University of Vermont.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Notes on Weights and Measures
Introduction: Houhua Village in Space and Time 1
1 Poverty, Bandits, and Japanese Invaders: Early Life, 1923-1946 19
2 Return to Houhua Village: Land Reform and Establishing a Family, 1946-1953 31
3 "We Will Have a Bright Future": The Cooperative Movement and Joining the Communist Party, 1954-1957 41
4 "This Is Not the Way to Do Farm Work": The "Great Leap Forward," 1958-1960 51
5 "Five Winds," "Three Togethers," "Four Cleanups," and Other Campaigns, 1961-1965 59
6 "At the Risk of Death, Dare to Throw the Emperor from His Horse": The "Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution," 1966-1976 65
7 Houhua Village After Mao: Prosperity and Future Prospects, 1977-1990 77
8 Retirement and Retrospective on Leadership 89
9 Houhua Village Under New Leadership, 1984-1990 99
10 Facing an Uncertain Future: Houhua Village, 1994 117
Notes 131
About the Book and Author 137
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