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The Great Leap Forward did not involve the sort of collapse that you seem to be discussing elsewhere in the thread. It was a purely domestic phenomenon and the existing political structure remained intact.  Sticking with China I'd think that the drawn own end of Imperial China and its aftermath would be closer to what you're getting at.
by MarekNYC on Wed Nov 24th, 2010 at 06:49:43 PM EST
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That's not what most scholarship on it, including recent official Chinese scholarship says. Most people who have looked at it fault the institutional changes caused by the Great Leap Forward for the Great Famine which occurred a few years later as people's capacity to obtaining food, as well as agricultural production declined, precipitously due to the social reorganization into communes which had different rules and norms for distributing things and controlling behavior than what previously existed.
by santiago on Wed Nov 24th, 2010 at 09:59:07 PM EST
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