Frank dikotter china since the communist revolution. Pdf 195666 precultural revolution period and maos lack of self. Yet the cultural revolution was particularly cruel. May 08, 2016 the cultural revolution a peoples history, 19621976 by frank dikotter illustrated. A peoples history, 19621976, the final installment in the peoples trilogy, a series of books that document the impact of communism on the lives of ordinary people in china on the basis on new archival material. Frank dikotter is the author of the cultural revolution. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. The historian of china frank dikotter has taken a sledgehammer to demolish perhaps the last remaining shibboleth of modern chinese history. May 05, 2016 the cultural revolution npr coverage of the cultural revolution. The author emphasizes how the forced land collectivization sowed the seeds for the later brutalization of the people by heralding a great leap from socialism to communism in the model of stalins ruthless land reform of the 1930s and by compelling the starving people to fight in a continuous revolution. Frank dikotter is the author of the peoples trilogy, three books that document the impact of communism on the lives of ordinary people in china on the basis of new archival material. The cultural revolution frank dikotter a peoples history, 1962. Frank dikotter, maos great famine, the history of chinas. A peoples history, 19621976 is a followup to maos great famine 2010 and the tragedy of liberation 20.
After the economic disaster of the great leap forward that claimed tens of millions of lives between 1958 and 1962, an ageing mao launched an ambitious scheme to shore up his reputation and eliminate those he viewed as a. After the economic disaster of the great leap forward that claimed tens of millions of lives between 1958 and 1962, an ageing mao launched an ambitious scheme to shore up his reputation and eliminate those he viewed. Professor frank dikotter archives download free ebook. Maos great famine, by frank dikotter the objective. This is the third and final volume in frank dikotters monumental history of the first quartercentury of the history of the peoples republic of china. A peoples history, 19621976, the third volume of his work on the mao years, challenges the chinese people to address those missing years. A peoples history, 19621976 by frank dikotter and you will have your answer. This is the notion, propagated in countless books and. Zhang doubts the accuracy of a widely accepted estimate that chinese casualties were as high as 26,000 killed and 37,000 injured in the monthlong action. The history of chinas most devastating catastrophe, 19581962.
These two aspects of the cultural revolution the vision of a socialist world free of revisionism, the sordid, vengeful plotting against real and imaginary enemies were not mutually exclusive. Mao simply enacted this movement as an exercise in raw power. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or. The stated goal of the cultural revolution was to purge the country of bourgeois, capitalist elements he claimed were threatening genuine communist ideology. The like the other parts of dikotter s trilogy of chinese communist mass murder, this book is too loaded with excessive anecdotes and minor characters. According to frank dikotter, a notable historian, it was about loss, loss of trust, loss of. Jun 23, 2016 the first line in the preface to maos great famine, by frank dikotter, states. A simple search on amazon reveals 20 memoirs, just in english, about the cultural revolution. A peoples history suggests an alternative to an official history. The like the other parts of dikotters trilogy of chinese communist mass murder, this book is too loaded with. Like jasper beckers book, dikotters focuses on describing and conveying to the reader the stark effects of the famine at the local level, whereas a series of other good accounts have concentrated on analysing the decisions and. But dikotter still manages to show that the cultural revolution should go down in history as perhaps the greatest outbreak of insanity to ever befall a nation. The concluding volumefollowing maos great famine and the tragedy of liberationin frank dikotters awardwinning trilogy chronicling the.
Dikotter begins his history with stalins death in 1953, arguing that mao saw the event as an opportunity to claim leadership of the socialist camp p. A peoples history, 19621976, hku humanities professor frank dikotter presents a horrific picture of the cultural revolution, and gives a devastating account of mao. Since the communist revolution of 1949, china has emerged as a world power that poses a threat to the west. Frank dikotters work, appearing half a century after the most murderous year 1960, will henceforth be the leading account on the great famine. Cultural revolution, then, was also about an old man settling per sonal scores at the end of his life. The cultural revolution was one of the greatest destructions that world history has ever witnessed. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read the age of openness. Roderick macfarquhar, the origins of the cultural revolution, vol.
Frank dikotter institute for new economic thinking. Frank dikotters last volume in his trilogy on the history of maoist china claims to make use of these new materials in order to create a picture of. Dikotter chronicles the strategies mao and the chinese leadership implemented to increase grain and steel production in the late 1950s leading to a collapse in agricultural output and the deaths of. Read the cultural revolution pdf a peoples history, 1962. A peoples history, 19621976 kindle edition by dikotter, frank. Frank dikotter presents the facts in maos great famine. This acclaimed book by frank dikotter is available at in several formats for your ereader. Lucien bianco, frank dikotter, maos great famine, the history of chinas most. Historian frank dikotter of the university of hong kong and author of maos great famine talks about the book with econtalk host russ roberts. The cultural revolution by frank dikotter, 9781408856529, download free ebooks, download free pdf epub ebook. Liu shaoqi, the head of state leading up to the cultural revolution, is often treated gently by historians because of the cruelty inflicted on him after his downfall. Apr 18, 2011 a comparison of our knowledge of chinas cultural revolution 19661976, a campaign largely against the communist chinas remaining vestiges of wealth and educational elitism, with our knowledge about the great leap forward proves his point. This first cca of the 20192020 academic year will consider the history, culture, and. Pdf the cultural revolution was one of the greatest destructions that world history has ever witnessed.
But the chairman also used the campaign to turn on his colleagues, some of them longstanding comradesinarms, subjecting them to public humiliation, imprisonment and torture. A peoples history, 19621976 frank dikotter download bok. Only six years after the publication of his first volume on maoist china, frank dikotter has completed a trilogy with his new book. Pdf 195666 precultural revolution period and maos lack.
The final volume of his planned trilogy will be on the cultural revolution, bringing the curtain down on a truly disastrous period economist frank dikotter s powerful new book is a bold and startling attempt to rectify this apparent neglect. Acclaimed by the daily mail as definitive and harrowing, this is the final volume of the peoples trilogy, begun by the samuel johnson prizewinning maos great famine. The cultural revolution ebook by frank dikotter 9781632864222. Frank dikotters gripping, horrific and at times sensationalistic the cultural revolution. Read the cultural revolution a peoples history, 19621976 by frank dikotter available from rakuten kobo. A peoples history, 19621976 professor frank dikotter. The cultural revolution by frank dikotter, 9781408856529, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. This is the third and final volume in frank dikotters monumental history of the first quartercentury of the history of the peoples republic of china, spannin. What drives frank dikotter, chronicler of chinas insanity.1074 923 203 709 859 1274 261 1358 344 1110 784 100 686 370 1488 326 3 1110 1197 961 1156 1651 594 1602 1178 1656 1036 374 382 308 49 218 1429 837 1296 122 1271 303