Rebecca E. Karl

Rebecca E. Karl teaches history at NYU.

The Scissors Gap: China takes it slow

Rebecca E. Karl, 21 October 2021

InJuly 1978, Hu Qiaomu, a sociologist who was working in Deng Xiaoping’s Political Research Office, issued a dire report on the Chinese peasantry. Hu wasn’t known as a supporter of radical reform, but he nevertheless called for something to be done to mitigate the effects of the socialist industrialisation programme. Over the previous three decades China’s agricultural...

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