China Review International: Vol. 1, No. 2, Fall 1994 Deborah A. Kaple. Dream ofa Red Factory: The Legacy ofHigh Stalinism in China. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994. xvi, 163 pp. Hardcover $35. In Dream ofa Red Factory, Deborah A. Kaple looks for fhe roots of post-1949 China's first factory management systems. She finds them in a likely though rather frightening place: the propaganda publications of Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union. The reader finishes her book with a deeper understanding of the foundations of the earliest communist Chinese management methods, though one may feel unsatisfied that Kaple's description of the Chinese "dream" ends so abruptly in 1953. Kaple's argument is straightforward yet compelling: in 1949 (and, in the northeast liberated areas, even earlier), the victorious Chinese communists needed some kind of model on which to base their socialist industrial development. Capitalist countries had little to offer beyond what the Chinese saw as their old repressive system, so the natural guide for China lay to fhe north, in the Soviet Union. But how to copy the USSR? And what elements of the Soviet system were of greatest potential value to the new People's Republic? Kaple asserts that the post-World War II
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Mar 30, 1994
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