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"Red Revolution, Green Revolution": Scientific Farming in Socialist China

Sigrid Schmalzer


In 1968, the director of USAID coined the term "green revolution" to celebrate the new technological solutions that promised to ease hunger and so forestall the spread of more "red revolutions" around the globe. In China, however, green and red revolutions proceeded side by side. In contrast with the technocratic vision of American agricultural science and foreign policy, the dominant position in socialist China was that science could not be divorced from politics, and modernization could not be separated from revolution. The goal of this book is to bring into view China's unique intersection ... More

Keywords: China, green revolution, agriculture, science, socialism, decolonialism, scientists, peasants, state agents, educated youth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226330150
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226330297.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sigrid Schmalzer, author
University of Massachusetts