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May 2013

Starving in China

by Arthur Waldron

The great famine before China's Cultural Revolution killed millions. Yang Jisheng took it upon himself to make sure the world knew about it.


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Effectively unreported by the world press at the time, the famine that swept China from 1958 to 1962 cost perhaps thirty-six million dead from starvation and related causes. In addition, because without food women cease to menstruate, perhaps another forty million babies were not born. So the total population loss was ...

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Arthur Waldron is the Lauder Professor of International Relations in the History Department at the University of Pennsylvania.


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This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 31 May 2013, on page 4

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