RESCHEDULED: THE BEST LAID PLANS…. THE YEAR OF THE DOG IN CHINA, 1958
Please note that this event has been rescheduled to Tue 13th March
Sixty years ago, in the Year of the Dog 1958, China launched the Second Five Year Plan with the ambition of equaling Britain’s industrial output, doubling steel production, and applying industrial approaches to agriculture. Favourable weather produced a good harvest that summer, but with labourers diverted to back-yard steel furnaces, crops were left to rot in the fields or devoured by pests. This marked the beginning of the largest famine in human history. In this lecture, Dr Jackson will examine the origins and consequences of this most ambitious project.