Based on Mao's history, what is the difference between a commune and a collective? ?
Mao Zedong sought to consolidate his power in China and in order to accomplish this, he imposed a completely new bureaucratic system in accordance with The Great Leap Forward. He sought to aggressively expand China’s economy to rival that of the United States and the Soviet Union. The new system forced households and farms work together to meet growth expectations as a ‘collective’ unit. These ‘collectives’ formed a ‘commune’ and they would possess the necessary administrative, economic and political means to meet the overall objectives of The Great Leap Forward. In the ‘commune’, virtually all resources were shared, from food to utensils themselves.
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