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A Great Leap Forward propaganda poster.

The Great Leap Forward (1958 to 1961) was a campaign to nationalize industry and agriculture in China, instituted by Chinese dictator Mao Zedong, which included collectivizing farmland. Peasants were forced to produce steel in backyard furnaces to raise China's steel output. The whole ill-conceived venture resulted in widespread famine, economic disaster and what modern Chinese history now refers to as Three Years of Disasters. The Communist inspired democide resulted in the deaths of approximately 30 million people.

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