"The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution" - Frank Dikotter
"The Chinese Communist party refers to its victory in 1949 as a 'liberation.' In China the story of liberation and the revolution that followed is not one of peace, liberty, and justice. It is first and foremost a story of calculated terror and systematic violence." So begins Frank Dikötter’s stunning and revelatory chronicle of Mao Zedong’s ascension and campaign to transform the Chinese into what the party called New People. Due to the secrecy surrounding the country’s records, little has been known before now about the eight years that followed, preceding the massive famine and Great Leap Forward.
Drawing on hundreds of previously classified documents, secret police reports, unexpurgated versions of leadership speeches, eyewitness accounts of those who survived, and more, and told with great narrative sweep, The Tragedy of Liberation bears witness to a shocking, largely untold history, giving voice at last to the millions who were lost and casting new light on the foundations of one of the most powerful regimes of the twenty-first century.
Frank Dikötter is Chair Professor of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong. Before moving to Asia in 2006, he was Professor of the Modern History of China at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has published ten books about the history of China, including Mao¹s Great Famine, which won the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction in 2011 and was translated into thirteen languages. The Tragedy of Liberation was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2014. The Cultural Revolution: A People’s History, 1962-1976 is the last volume in his trilogy on the Mao era and was published in May.
Dr. Dikotter's presentation is part of the John H. Schnatter Center for Free Enterprise’s fall speaker series – Asia: From Communism to Capitalism.
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Monday, October 10, 2016 at 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Harry Frazier Hall - College of Business, PNC Horn Auditorium
110 W. Brandeis Ave. , Louisville, Kentucky 40208