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COVER STORY The meaning of Christmas

CANBERRA OBSERVED Parliamentary stampede tramples freedoms

EUTHANASIA Palliative care remains the true solution

FOREIGN AFFAIRS The more Zimbabwe changes, the more it stays the same

AGENDA FOR AUSTRALIA Putting the 'fair' back in the fair go for farmers

OPINION The new Reformation: How Christians found themselves on the 'wrong' side of history

PHILOSOPHY AND SOCIETY Why Marxists will not engage with opponents

ECONOMICS Kim Beazley rides in as a white knight for the TPP

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS Mergers could give unions a striking profile

MUSIC Sounds like ...: A vain search for meaning

CINEMA Casablanca: Contender for the 'perfect film'

BOOK REVIEW Australia behind the scenes in WWII

BOOK REVIEW Political sparks at the 'Friendly' Games

GENDER WARS If children can decide to change their sex can they join the army or marry?

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THE TRAGEDY OF LIBERATION:
A History of the Chinese Revolution 1945-1957

Frank Dikotter

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THE TRAGEDY OF LIBERATION:
A History of the Chinese Revolution 1945-1957

by Frank Dikotter

(London: Bloomsbury, 2013)
Paperback: 448 pages
ISBN: 9781408837580
Price: AUD$29.95

 

Book description

In 1949 Mao Zedong hoisted the red flag over Beijing’s Forbidden City. Instead of liberating the country, the communists destroyed the old order and replaced it with a repressive system that would dominate every aspect of Chinese life. In an epic of revolution and violence which draws on newly opened party archives, interviews and memoirs, Frank Dikotter interweaves the stories of millions of ordinary people with the brutal politics of Mao’s court. A gripping account of how people from all walks of life were caught up in a tragedy that sent at least five million civilians to their deaths.

 

Author

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 nine books about the history of China, including Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-62, which won the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction in 2011.

 

Reviews

“The most authoritative and comprehensive study of the biggest and most lethal famine in history. A must-read” – Jung Chang, author of Wild Swans on Mao’s Great Famine.

“A masterpiece of historical investigation into one of the world’s greatest crimes” – New Statesman.

“A masterly book that should be read not just by anybody interested in modern Chinese history but also by anybody concerned with the way in which a simple idea propagated by an autocratic national leader can lead a country to disaster, in this case to a degree that beggars imagination” – Observer.

“A gripping and masterful portrait of the brutal court of Mao, based on new research but written with great narrative verve... Gripping” – Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar


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