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Mao's Third Front

Mao's Third Front
The Militarization of Cold War China

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  • Publication planned for: August 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108489553

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  • In 1964, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) made a momentous policy decision. In response to rising tensions with the United States and Soviet Union, a top-secret massive military industrial complex in the mountains of inland China was built, which the CCP hoped to keep hidden from enemy bombers. Mao named this the Third Front. The Third Front received more government investment than any other developmental initiative of the Mao era, and yet this huge industrial war machine, which saw the mobilization of twelve million people, was not officially acknowledged for over a decade and a half. Drawing on a rich collection of archival documents, memoirs, and oral interviews, Covell Meyskens provides the first history of the Third Front campaign. He shows how the militarization of Chinese industrialization linked millions of everyday lives to the global Cold War, merging global geopolitics with local change.

    • A vivid account of how Cold War security tensions became woven into the political economy and everyday life of Mao's China
    • Examines a Chinese social engineering campaign when the geopolitical friction of the Cold War in Asia was at its most intense
    • The first detailed exploration of the most expensive industrialization initiative undertaken in China during the Mao era
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: August 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108489553
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2020
  • Table of Contents

    1. The coming of the third front campaign
    2. Good people and good horses go to the third front
    3.Concentrating forces to wage wars of annihilation
    4.Produce first and consume later
    5.Industrial development amid cold war insecurity
    Epilogue. The demilitarization of chinese socialism
    Appendix. Third front demographics

  • Author

    Covell F. Meyskens, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California
    Covell Meyskens is assistant professor in the National Security Affairs Department at the Naval Postgraduate School.

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