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Mao and the Chinese Communist Party leaders had a quota of up to 4 deaths in a thousand, as they went about breaking up the social structure and land reform after the formation of the People's Republic. Landlords were first up for executions.
The first years of the People’s Republic under Mao Zedong were a golden age, according to Chinese Communists and many in the West. After all, “liberation” in 1949 brought to an end a period encompassing two brutal and overlapping wars: Japan’s invasion and occupation of China and the Chinese civil war with the Nationalists. A decade later, China was charging into the Mao-made Utopian catastrophe of the Great Leap Forward, in which tens of millions were worked or starved to death, and the horrors of the Cultural Revolution were still to come.