Red China's Green Revolution: Technological Innovation, Institutional Change, and Economic Development under the Commune by Joshua Eisenman (review)

Red China's Green Revolution: Technological Innovation, Institutional Change, and Economic... Reviews 197 Joshua Eisenman. Red China’s Green Revolution: Technological Innovation, Institutional Change, and Economic Development under the Commune. New York: Columbia University Press, 2018. xxxii, 436 pp. Paperback $35.00, ISBN 978-0-231-18667-4. Since China decollectivized its own rural economy and dismantled the People’s Communes in the early 1980s, the mainstream writings have held a simplistic negative view about the rural commune under Maoist China. People often argue that the Commune was inefficient and unpopular and it was the grass rooted peasant opposition that finally buried the communes and also brought dramatic efficiency gains. A long term student of the revolution in rural China, William Hinton provided some very insightful critique of the popular view from the beginning. It was not until this century, however, that more writings rejecting the conventional wisdom started to emerge both in and out of China. Joshua Eisenman’s Red China’s Green Revolution is a recent addition to the literature that revisits the history of the People’s Commune and Maoist China. In its own words, the book shows that “the commune modernized agriculture, increased productivity, and spurred an agricultural green revolution that laid the foundation for China’s future rapid growth” (book blurb). The field would greatly benefit http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Red China's Green Revolution: Technological Innovation, Institutional Change, and Economic Development under the Commune by Joshua Eisenman (review)

China Review International, Volume 24 (3) – Aug 15, 2019

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Reviews 197 Joshua Eisenman. Red China’s Green Revolution: Technological Innovation, Institutional Change, and Economic Development under the Commune. New York: Columbia University Press, 2018. xxxii, 436 pp. Paperback $35.00, ISBN 978-0-231-18667-4. Since China decollectivized its own rural economy and dismantled the People’s Communes in the early 1980s, the mainstream writings have held a simplistic negative view about the rural commune under Maoist China. People often argue that the Commune was inefficient and unpopular and it was the grass rooted peasant opposition that finally buried the communes and also brought dramatic efficiency gains. A long term student of the revolution in rural China, William Hinton provided some very insightful critique of the popular view from the beginning. It was not until this century, however, that more writings rejecting the conventional wisdom started to emerge both in and out of China. Joshua Eisenman’s Red China’s Green Revolution is a recent addition to the literature that revisits the history of the People’s Commune and Maoist China. In its own words, the book shows that “the commune modernized agriculture, increased productivity, and spurred an agricultural green revolution that laid the foundation for China’s future rapid growth” (book blurb). The field would greatly benefit

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Published: Aug 15, 2019

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