The Great Leap Foward

These revolutionary movements culminated in one of human history’s most epic catastrophes, the Great Leap Forward (1958-1961).

This movement completed the full-scale collectivization of Chinese agriculture, which proved disastrous. The resulting famine killed an estimated 30 million people.

Ignoring calls for prudence from some advisors like Chen Yun, Mao thought he could:

…lead the Chinese people in another glorious, unconventional forced march around all the verities of Western development. (Wealth and Power, page 237)