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Economics and Trade • Rise of China

The Great Leap Forward, initiated by the Chinese Communist Party during 1958-1960, was an attempt to mobilize China's population. By emphasizing labor-intensive methods of industrialization, the party hoped to utilize the country's vast labor resources and bypass the machine-centered Soviet model for industrialization, which emphasized the gradual purchase of heavy machinery.

MLA Citation

"Great Leap Forward." World History: The Modern Era, ABC-CLIO, 2019, worldhistory.abc-clio.com/Search/Display/310527. Accessed 23 Aug. 2019.

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