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Broken Earth Paperback – September 1, 1984
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However, since the late 1980s, there have been many book length village studies by top western scholars and locals, and tons of other scholarly work on late Maoist, early reform China (see Jonathan Unger "The Transformation of Rural China" for a collection of outstanding articles by a top veteran). This scholarly work, unlike the 1970s claptrap, present a balanced view of rural China under the PRC. In this new context, Mosher's book is one sided in the negative direction.
Another reason this book is dated is that the one child policy, which gets ample attention in this book, was much more rigid and brutal in the 1979-85 period than it became in later periods (peasant resistance forced the regime to ease up somewhat). Thus, Mosher's volume is useful only for reconstructing a history of the early 1980s phase of population policy, not at all representative of the entirety of PRC population policy.
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My book arrived quickly, and was in excellent condition, especially for such an old book. I appreciate the opportunity to purchase this valuable, out-of-print book for a very... Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by nevadamom
I read this book when it 1st came out and have never ceased to recommend it to people.
It is the most honest, intimate, and unbiased coverage of China I know of. Read more