Chairman Mao Tse-tung was born on December 26th, 1893 during an empire that had ruled China for a millennium. As he grew older and became chairman of the Chinese Communist Party, his goal was to move China directly into the stage of communism through an extraordinary effort of massive organization call the ?Great Leap Forward.? Mao Tse-tung?s ?Great Leap Forward? of the 1950?s and 60?s was a failed attempt to speed up the Chinese industrialization process by creating a new revolutionary spirit in China without the influence of the outside world. Communists reformed land ownership in China by taking land away from landowners and then dividing it and giving plots to poor peasants. It was a violent process in which one to two million landowners died.
By the late 1950?s, Mao was impatient with the rate of China?s economic development. Mao decided that industrialization should be small-scale and centered in the country- side. In 1958 Mao launched a mass movement to carry out this plan known as the ?Great Leap Forward,? which was supposed to take China from socialism into communism. Mao?s goal was to achieve a massive increase in production without the
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