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Making It Count: Statistics and Statecraft in the Early People’s Republic of China

Arunabh Ghosh

Abstract

In 1949, at the end of a long period of wars, one of the biggest challenges facing leaders of the new People's Republic of China was how much they did not know. The government of one of the world's largest nations was committed to fundamentally reengineering its society and economy via socialist planning while having almost no reliable statistical data about their own country. This book is the history of efforts to resolve this “crisis in counting.” The book explores the choices made by political leaders, statisticians, academics, statistical workers, and even literary figures in attempts to k ... More

Keywords: People's Republic of China, random sampling, Great Leap Forward, statistics, data, socialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691179476
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691179476.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arunabh Ghosh, author
Harvard University