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  • Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes
  • James Palmer
  • English
  • 09 September 2019
  • 9780465014781

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Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes Free download ´ 2 James Palmer Æ 2 Free read To the Cultural Revolution reached a boiling point In Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes acclaimed historian James Palmer tells the startling story of the most tumultuous year in modern Chinese history when Mao perished a city crumbled and a new China was bor. Honest history is hard to do in China given the determination of Beijing to put forward a historical narrative that presents an essentially benevolent Communist Party guiding China from weakness to strength and occasionally going astray through no fault of its own James Palmer The Death of Mao As a self proclaimed China observer I ve had my share of reading elaborate accounts of this fascinating country s turbulent past Some have been biographical accounts written with the Great Leap Forward or the Cultural Revolution as their backdrops Others have been gone further back in history highlighting among others Zheng He s voyages and the Opium WarBut none of them beat James Palmer s The Death of Mao The Tangshan Earthuake and the Birth of the New China in terms of readability is that even a word Anyways it was a pleasure to read this gem of an account which narrates the year 1976 in China s modern history A year when the much beloved Premier Zhou Enlai died Chairman Mao Zedong laid helplessly on his deathbed he would also die in 1976 the Cultural Revolution was a national wound that kept on being reopened the infighting among the political elite reached its apex and Deng Xiaoping re entered politics It was the year when earthuake measuring 78 on the Richter scale hit the small industrial town of Tangshan in Hebei Province killing around 650000 people People who lived through the tragedy remembered the earth moving as if attacked by an atomic bomb not one not two or three but four hundred HiroshimasTo say the least 1976 felt like a cursed year for many Chinese people The mandate of heaven seemed to have run out on Mao as China was on the brink of political collapse Economic wise the country was a basket case after purges spread economic inefficiency killed many of China s bright minds and destroyed the people s competitivenessIn general the people were tired of the violence and propaganda of the political elite While Jiang ing Mao s ultra leftist wife watched imported movies daily the people were hungry unsheltered afraid down and beaten The Tangshan earthuake which was also felt strongly in Beijing was a nail on Mao s coffin even as he was still gasping for his last ounce of airObviously this book is not only about the earthuake Yes there are photos of the destruction Palmer also described the scenes during and after the earth shook But it was just enough Not too much tugging at the heart strings or gory descriptions of the impact of the uake What James Palmer did was to tell the story of China in those days with the earthuake tragedy at its center Many things were elaborated including the monstrosity of the Cultural Revolution how it came about and how its excesses scarred the Chinese population for years to come The book also talks about Zhou Enlai the venerable leader loved by the people The other leader who worked diligently while Mao built a modern empire on the blood sweat and tears of the Chinese proletariats And of course it talks about Tangshan as symbol of how life was in a city neither as big as nor as near to Beijing but constantly affected by the follies of the political elite in the country s capitalThe book also highlights the problem with the writing of history in Chinese books Honestly I have never had the pleasure of reading about Chinese history from books usually given out to students my Mandarin is nowhere at the level to comprehend such thick texts But I could imagine the events and perspectives that may have been left out in order to paint a rosy picture of the government and most importantly the Chinese Communist Party I lived through Indonesia s New Order era and I know very well previous attempts to re write Indonesia s history according to the preferences of Suharto and his cliueThe Tangshan earthuake is often remembered in China as a moment of grief The Chinese history books may put up pictures of the PLA working hand in hand with the local people to help survivors But the truth is that Beijing s unwillingness to accept international assistance demonstrated the government s lack of empathy It showed that while the propaganda of the Party continued to eschew the fight for the people in actuality the people were suffering from policies after another hammered down by the political eliteThe Tangshan earthuake was a moment when the death of so many people underlined the ineptness of the government at the time thus ushering the desire for changes to happen Palmer described a bit of this towards the end book as if setting the stage for analyses on present day Chinese politics by other China observers I for one am thankful of Palmer s narration as I try to understand and about this country where I may be spending time in the future

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Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes

Heaven Cracks Earth Shakes Free download ´ 2 James Palmer Æ 2 Free read Pular premier Zhou Enlai Anger toward the powerful Communist Party officials in the Gang of Four which had tried to suppress grieving for Zhou was already potent; when the government failed to respond swiftly to the Tangshan disaster popular resistance. Other reviewers have mentioned that this book is a somewhat uneasy combination of earthuake and Communist China at the demise of Mao They also mention that nevertheless it works and I agreeI was drawn to this book after reading The Big Ones How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us in which the Tangshan Earthuake is mentioned Jones suggests that the Chinese efforts at earthuake prediction which failed so completely in regard to Tangshan might have had an odd connection with the Cultural Revolution Here s her premise the earthuake prediction science was developed not only because China is subject to such disastrous seismic events but also as a clandestine way to shield some scientists from the devastation of the Cultural Revolution In other words some scientists and academics may have survived being purged by being stashed in this very important projectOf course science is nowhere near being able to predict when and where earthuakes will happen not with any degree of specificity so the expectation that had arisen China can predict earthuakes was dashedAnyway I wanted to investigate this aspect closely but found little discussion of it However I learned a whole lot about China and earthuakes and that s totally worth it

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