Agency and Famine in China's Sichuan Province, 1958-1962

  title={Agency and Famine in China's Sichuan Province, 1958-1962},
  author={Chris Bramall},
  • Chris Bramall
  • Published 2011
  • Economics
  • A revisionist literature on the Great Chinese Famine has emerged in recent years. These revisionists focus primarily on the question of agency. They claim that that neither poor weather nor the excesses of local cadres can explain the extent of mortality; rather, responsibility lies squarely with Mao and the CCP leadership. Using county-level data on mortality, output, rainfall and temperature for Sichuan province, I argue that this revisionist view is unconvincing. Weather admittedly played… CONTINUE READING

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