Mao's War Against Nature: Politics and the Environment in Revolutionary China (Studies in Environment and History)

In Clear And Compelling Prose, Judith Shapiro Relates The Great, Untold Story Of The Devastating Impact Of Chinese Politics On China S Environment During The Mao Years Maoist China Provides An Example Of Extreme Human Interference In The Natural World In An Era In Which Human Relationships Were Also Unusually Distorted Under Mao, The Traditional Chinese Ideal Of Harmony Between Heaven And Humans Was Abrogated In Favor Of Mao S Insistence That Man Must Conquer Nature Mao And The Chinese Communist Party S War To Bend The Physical World To Human Will Often Had Disastrous Consequences Both For Human Beings And The Natural Environment Mao S War Against Nature Argues That The Abuse Of People And The Abuse Of Nature Are Often Linked Shapiro S Account, Told In Part Through The Voices Of Average Chinese Citizens And Officials Who Lived Through And Participated In Some Of The Destructive Campaigns, Is Both Eye Opening And Heartbreaking Judith Shapiro Teaches Environmental Politics At American University In Washington, DC She Is Co Author, With Liang Heng, Of Several Well Known Books On China, Including Son Of The Revolution Random House, 1984 And After The Nightmare Knopf, 1986 She Was One Of The First Americans To Work In China After The Normalization Of U.S China Relations In 1979.Mao's War Against Nature: Politics and the Environment in Revolutionary China (Studies in Environment and History)

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  • Paperback
  • 332 pages
  • Mao's War Against Nature: Politics and the Environment in Revolutionary China (Studies in Environment and History)
  • Judith Shapiro
  • English
  • 17 August 2017
  • 9780521786805

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    Man must conquer nature The horrific environmental record of the People s Republic of China is well established in modern media, with stories of smog and cadmium tinged baby food leading to justified shock and horror However, this condition did not suddenly spring forth after Deng Xiaoping s free market reforms of the 1980s This book intends to show that the radical social experiments of Mao s Great Leap Forward were not just disasters in terms of food shortages, but also by environmental standards as well.Mao was not the first ruler of China who wanted to control or carve up China s natural resources What differs was the speed and violence by which Mao aimed to do so.Shapiro organizes her study on four themes which contributed to this environmental catastrophe The first of these is political repression A demographic sociologist, Ma Yinchu, who worried about food yields and population demographics, was attacked as a Malthusian and imprisoned A civil engineer, Huang Wanli, who cautioned against ...

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    Isabel Hilton, editor of the website China Dialogue has chosen to discuss Mao s War Against Nature by Judith Shapiro on FiveBooks as one of the top five on her subject China s Environmental Crisis, saying that Mao s catastrophic belief that with the correct political and scientific approach, there are no limits to natural resources Mao believed the theories of Lysenko that man is in charge of nature that nature is there to be exploited and that anything at all can be achieved with the right political attitude and a scientific approach Well, they called it a scientific approach, but actually it was very bad science indeed Lysenko s theories produced probably the worst famine in human history In China, between the late 50s and early 60s, between 30 and 80 million people starved to death.Now, the abusive element of that is that nobody could argue against what Mao believed, what Mao dictated everyone was too terrified to complain, to protest, to argue against it And if they did, you know, they didn t last very long So the craziest ideas were put into practice An awful lot of the damage that has been done to China was done during that Maoist period of millenarian socialism For instance, they lost about 35 per cent of the grassland in Qinghai because Mao ordered that they should plough the grasslands and plant wheat and when people said, you can t plant wheat there, they were labelled counter revolutionary People were ordered to plo...

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    This was a very difficult book to read not in writing style, but because of it s maddening content Chapter four, which followed the educated youth s forced relocation to open up wastelands was especially terrifying After their participation in the Red Guard, many were sent to The Great Northern wilderness where they devastated the Sanjiang Plain wetlands and Xishuangbanna rainforest As everything around them died, they did as well rape, malnutrition, suicide, and illness caused by poor sanitation rocked their lives Shapiro has done strong research, but a few stereotypes of Chinese religion ran rampant and unchecked throughout the work even if quoted by an informant, it s the job of a historian to depict how the original constructs of Daoism may be different than peace with nature at least in a footno...

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    Shapiro, Judith Mao s War Against Nature Politics and the Environment in Revolutionary China New York Cambridge University Press, 2001Topic Judith Shapiro s Mao s War Against Nature Politics and the Environment in Revolutionary China examines the geopolitical, domestic, and socioeconomic contexts of China s Great Leap Forward and its forced industrialization It touches on China s Communist Party s relationship with its people and nature to deliberate on how its treatment of the environment directly correlated to its treatment of its people This deliberation allows for a mapping of the human and environmental costs of Mao s projects of high modernism within the region and his attempts at elevating China s geopolitical power to rectify its global spheres of influence Mao attempts to establish China as a contender against the West This is pursued through legalistic and technocratic efforts to conquer nature with humanity, illustrating how conquest became intertwined with ideological underpinnings of nationalism that equated project failure, or acknowledgment of environmental limitations, as state defeat and weakness Scope Mao s War Against Nature considers China s Great Leap Forward in the mid twentieth century, its relationships with Mao administration and his Communist Party, and how these aspects affected the country s people, environment, and its development into the future It obse...

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    When I was young, I discovered pictures from China, where the streets were filled with people riding bicycles I was overwhelmed by this display of human intelligence Had they learned from our mistakes and taken a higher path, or had their culture taught them to respect life I was living in Kalamazoo, where the streets were a nightmare, jammed with impatient nutjobs in speeding wheelchairs The air was thick with methylene chloride, and the river was a PCB cesspool If only our leaders were Chinese sigh Like I said, I was young.In 1949, Mao Zedong led a revolution that overthrew the Chinese government The victors created the People s Republic of China, a communist state China had suffered from a long era of exploitation by foreign powers Mao was eager to create a prosperous industrial utopia as rapidly as possible, by any means necessary.In 1972, Richard Nixon visited Mao and reestablished relations between the U.S and China Judith Shapiro was among the first Americans allowed to work there She taught English The outside wo...

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    A clear summary of events in a time of rapid change and chaos.A good introduction to the environmental history of a chaotic period in China s recent past, 1949 to 1978, which has relevance to understanding China today Despite occasional minor inaccuracies, this is a valuable resou...

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    Probably a boring subject for most but you have to check this out to see mow fucked he was Sadly, many of the mistakes that Mao made are still being repeated today in North America.

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    The villanization of Mao s character clouded the deep analysis and research that went into this book So sad.

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    Compelling look at the relationship between Mao s political and environmental policies Probably not the easiest read for undergraduates, but interesting nonetheless.

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