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"The Chinese people benefited from Communist rule between 1949 and 1962" - Explain how far do you agree with this statement.

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"The Chinese people benefited from Communist rule between 1949 and 1962". Explain how far do you agree with this statement. Before 1949, the majority of China's history was bloodied with civil war, conflict, foreign control and humiliation, but on October 1, 1949, the communist leadership declared the foundation of the People's Republic of China. The era of foreign control and humiliation went out and an era of social and economic reform came in. The remnants of the Nationalist Government and army fled to the island of Taiwan. There, under US protection, they claimed to represent all of China and laid plans to eventually reconquer the mainland, China's future finally united looked good. The Chinese Communists installed their far-reaching land reforms, adding to those already carried out in their own liberated zones before their total take over of China. They nationalised all foreign-controlled property and initiated widespread education and health programs. ...read more.

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In 1958, Mao launched the Great Leap Forward, aimed at accelerating rural collectivisation and urban industrialisation. This heavy-handed, dogmatic and inflexible plan led the country down a disastrous path, sparking widespread famine in the countryside. The official Chinese figure for deaths between 1959 and 1961 is 20 million; one of the greatest human tragedies of the century, and one of the least widely reported. Did this benefit the Chinese people? If you were to be totally analytical you could say it solved the population crisis, but for me it is a tragedy beyond my perception. Not only do I feel that this was the fault of Mao but I also feel it was the fault of those around him. All of whom out of greed, arrogance and ignorance left the country to rot, while they wallowed in self-elevation and un-contemplated satisfaction over the competition to win the production and advancement race with the rest of the world at the expense of the entire country. ...read more.

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I therefore do not agree with the statement that China benefited from the Communist rule at all. I believe that it is a complete perversion of the truth and that history is completely opposite to this statement, the loss of 20 million people over the 3-year period is ashamedly the worst humanitarian disaster of the 20th century. As history is the greatest of all teachers, this should be a lesson to warn us against corruption and the Communist system. Though on the surface it seems ideally perfect in its meaning, the flawed nature of the human race is epitomised in the ruler of it. Mao took advantage of the entire population of China to better his own life, and so the 20million deaths were inevitable. The corruption of one destroys Communism and therefore the system would never work until the entire human race is perfect, and we all know that's never gonna happen. ...read more.

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