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By Tony McEnery, Richard Xiao, Paul Rayson

A Frequency Dictionary of Mandarin Chinese is a useful software for all inexperienced persons of Mandarin chinese language, delivering a listing of the 5,000 phrases and the 2,000 chinese language characters (simplified) most time-honored within the language. in line with a fifty-million-word corpus composed of spoken, fiction, non-fiction and information texts in present use, the dictionary offers the consumer with a close frequency-based record, in addition to alphabetical and part-of-speech indexes.

All entries within the frequency checklist function the English identical and a pattern sentence with English translation. The Dictionary additionally includes thirty thematically equipped lists of usually used phrases on various themes resembling meals, climate, shuttle and time expressions.

A Frequency Dictionary of Mandarin Chinese allows scholars of all degrees to maximise their learn of Mandarin vocabulary in a good and interesting means. it's also an exceptional source for academics of the language.

A CD model is offered to buy individually. Designed to be used by way of corpus and computational linguists it presents the complete textual content in a structure that researchers can method and switch into appropriate lists for his or her personal learn work.

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In the early twentieth century, many Russian liberals and Marxists portrayed the countryside as a place of hunger and misery. 16 There is no doubt that Russia was a much richer country than China. 20 Wheatcroft argues that the last thirty years of the tsarist regime saw The “Tribute” of the Peasantry a trend toward increasing grain production per capita. 24 R. E. F. Smith and David Christian present a more negative view on rural living standards than Moon. They argue that the level of nutrition varied among different rural strata and was influenced by the natural cycles of the year.

During the first supply crisis of 1953, the government began to assume that many peasants would feign hunger in order to obtain relief from the state, and it became difficult for the government to distinguish between real and false reports of hunger. It will be argued that during the Socialist Education Campaign in 1957 hunger became a taboo topic. The Chinese government began to consider most complaints about hunger as an ideological problem and an attack on the Socialist order. Chapter 4, “Preventing Urban Famine by Starving the Countryside (1959–1962),” will show how the discourse about feigning hunger turned into violent campaigns in 1959 against peasants who were accused of hiding grain.

However, it seems that only a few new insights about the central government can be found in documents that were accessible in the provincial archives. Only one document in the book deals with a decision of Mao Zedong. It is likely that in order to study the decisions of the central government in a systematic way, based on archival sources, access to the Central Party Ar- Introduction 19 chives in Beijing would be necessary. However, this archive is not open to foreign scholars, and only a very few Chinese historians from the inner elite can access the files.

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