Report from Xunwu
by Zedong Mao
translated by Roger Thompson
Stanford University Press, 1989
Cloth: 978-0-8047-1678-9 | Paper: 978-0-8047-2182-0

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Long described as lost, this report was the result of Mao Zedong's investigation in 1930 of the people, economy, society, and history of the obscure rural county of Xunwu in South China. An extraordinary document that far exceeds in scope and depth Mao's other investigative reports on rural China. The report is a rich source of information on rural administration, commerce, transportation, communication, education, land tenure, taxation, religion, diverse social relations and practices and struggle in one obscure area that was a microcosm of China. Thompson has translated and presented Mao's report with extensive notes. The book is designed to welcome non-specialists, and it will be welcomed by those interested in the Chinese countryside, comparative revolution, and historical anthropology. Because Mao's report on Xunwu was part of a revolutionary program, the report raises complex questions about academic and activist readings of social realities.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • Contents 
    • Introduction
    • REPORT FROM XUNWU
      • Preface
      • 1. 
      • Administrative Jurisdictions in Xunwu
      • 2. 
      • Transportation and Communication in Xunwu
      • 3. 
      • Commerce in Xunwu
      • 4. 
      • Traditional Land Relationships in Xunwu
      • 5. 
      • The Land Struggle in Xunwu
    • APPENDIXES
      • A. 
      • Currency and Prices in Xunwu
      • B. 
      • Weights and Measures in Xunwu
      • C. 
      • Qing Examination Degrees Held by Xunwu Men
    • REFERENCE MATTER
      • Notes
      • Bibliography
      • Character List
      • Index
      • Twelve pages of photographs follow p. 134.
      • For maps of southeast China and Xunwu County, see pp. 50–51.
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