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The Cultural Revolution


The Cultural Revolution: A People's History, 1962–1976 draws for the first time on previously classified party documents. Frank Dikkötter discusses his use this material to interrogate the picture of complete conformity that supposedly characterised the last years of the Mao era.

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Frank Dikötter

Frank Dikötter

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 is also Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has published a dozen books that have changed the way we look at the history of China, from the classic The Discourse of Race in Modern China (1992) to China before Mao: The Age of Openness (2007). His People's Trilogy has documented the impact of communism on the lives of ordinary people in China on the basis on new archival material, much of it never seen before. The first volume, Mao's Great Famine, won the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction in 2011 and was translated into thirteen languages. The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution 1945-1957, was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2014. The Cultural Revolution: A People's History, 1962-1976 concludes the trilogy and was published in May 2016.

Antony Funnell

Antony Funnell

Antony is a Walkley award-winning journalist and broadcaster. He is also the author of The Future and Related Nonsense (Harper Collins).

Antony has been the presenter of the ABC Radio National programme/podcast Future Tense since 2009. Prior to that he fronted Media Report.

Over the past two decades he has worked for many of the country's leading news and current affairs programs, including AM, Late Night Live, 7.30 Report, Background Briefing and Radio National Breakfast. He has also been a contributor to many leading journals, anthologies and publications, including Griffith Review and The Best Australian Science Writing.

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