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New Earth: The Story of an Early Collective Farm in East China's Chekiang Province in the 1949-1956 Period

Jack Chen

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ISBN 10: 0809305844 / ISBN 13: 9780809305841
Published by Southern Illinois University Pre, 1972
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Title: New Earth: The Story of an Early Collective ...

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Pre

Publication Date: 1972

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Acceptable

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Until now, very little firsthand informa­tion about Communist China has been available in this country. Of extraordinary importance, therefore, is this story of an early collective farm in East China’s Chekiang Province in the 1949 56 period.


The book is a reprinting of a work first published in China in 1957. For this edition the author has added a new Preface and a new Postscript bringing his account up to date. Jack Chen is the author of a new work on a rural people’s commune, Life in Upper Felicity, to be published in Spring 1973 by Macmillan.


The county chronicled in this book is Hsinteng County, one of China’s 2,082 counties. It offers a typical example of the co-operative movement that swept the Chinese countryside and formed the basis of the Green Revolution, a part of the over-all policy drafted by Mao Tse-tung.


In his new Postscript, in the wake of the cultural revolution, Chen is able to name Liu Shao-chi as the originator of the compression,” who in Mao’s absence from Peking in May 1955, Chen says, got 200,000 co-ops dissolved throughout the country.

About the Author:

Jack Chen is the son of Eugene Chen, twice Foreign Minister of China under Sun Yat-sen. After many years of exile from China he was invited to return in 1950 by Mao Tse-tung, and lived there until recently, when, at the age of 63, he moved to Hong Kong. His 1971 72 series of articles in the Far Eastern Review and New York Times gave the first real news of the 516” conspiracy and other aspects of the cultural revolution in China.

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