Dream of a Red Factory: The Legacy of High Stalinism in China

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byDeborah A. Kaple

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Drawing on previously unknown primary sources in both Chinese and Russian, Deborah A. Kaple has written a powerful and absorbing account of the model of factory management and organization that the Chinese communists formulated in the 1949-1953 period. She reveals that their "new" managementtechniques were adapted from Soviet propaganda during the harsh period of Stalin's post-war reconstruction. The idealized Stalinist management system consisted mainly of strict Communist Party control of all aspects of workers' lives, which is the root of such strong Party control over Chinesesociety today. Dream of a Red Factory is a rare and revealing look at the consolidation rule in China; told through the prism of the development of new "socialist" factories and enterprises. Kaple completely counters the old myth of the "Soviet monolith" in China, and carefully reconstructs how theChinese communists came to rely on an idealized, propagandistic version of the Soviet model instead.

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Drawing on previously unknown primary sources in both Chinese and Russian, Deborah A. Kaple has written a powerful and absorbing account of the model of factory management and organization that the Chinese communists formulated in the 1949-1953 period. She reveals that their "new" managementtechniques were adapted from Soviet propagand...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 9.49 × 6.38 × 0.83 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195083156

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"This concise book sheds startling new light on the origins of post-1949 labour relations in China... [Kaple's] findings force us to revise thoroughly our understanding of the relationship between Soviet and Chinese models of factory organization."--The China Quarterly