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In the Lap of Tigers

The Communist Labor University of Jiangxi Province



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In the Lap of Tigers by John Cleverley
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Founded in the remote mountains of ChinaAIs Jiangxi Province in 1958, the Communist Labor University introduced uneducated laborers to basic agricultural science and farming techniques through an innovative work-study program until 1980. Drawing on a wealth of archival materials, John Cleverley explores the inner workings of this unique institution and the personal involvement of Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Zhu De, and Deng Xiaoping. Illuminating the internal and external politics of a remarkable social experiment from both an institutional and personal perspective, the book underscores the larger issues of educational reform and political change in China.

Author Biography

John Cleverley is honorary professor, University of Sydney, and managing director of Asian Overseas Services Party Ltd.
Release date NZ
March 1st, 2000
Country of Publication
United States
Rowman & Littlefield
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