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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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