China after Mao: A History

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5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Paul Webley Wing (Senate House), SOAS University of London

About this event


China after Mao is a sequel to the People's Trilogy, using hundreds of hitherto unseen documents from municipal and provincial archives in the People's Republic to examine forty years of so-called 'Reform and Opening Up'. This informal talk will present some of the key episodes in the story of China's transformation from impoverished Maoist backwater into powerful Marxist-Leninist state.

About the speaker

Frank Dikötter is the author of a dozen books that have changed the way we look at the history of modern China, including Mao's Great Famine, winner of the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction in 2011. His work has been translated into twenty languages, including The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution 1945-1957, which was short-listed for the Orwell Prize in 2014, and The Cultural Revolution: A People's History, 1962-1976, the final volume in his trilogy on the Mao era. He is Chair Professor at the University of Hong Kong and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Frank Dikotter


This event is open to the public and free to attend, however registration is required. Click here to register.

Please note that this talk is taking place on campus and the room will be confirmed closer to the date. This talk will not be recorded or live-streamed.

Chair: Professor Steve Tsang (Director, SOAS China Institute)

Organiser: SOAS China Institute

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