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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
Diktter 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.

The tragedy of liberation - Frank Diktter

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Title
The tragedy of liberation - a history of the Chinese revolution 1945-1957
Author
Frank Diktter
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Bloomsbury
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20130829

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
Diktter 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.

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Frank Diktter is Chair Professor of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has pioneered the use of archival sources and published a dozen books that have changed the way historians view China, from the classic The Discourse of Race in Modern China (1992) to his last book entitled The Cultural Revolution: A People's History, 1962-1976 (2016). His new book, Dictators and their Cult of Personality, is due for publication in September 2019. Frank Diktter is married and lives in Hong Kong.

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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Edition
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Keyword Index
Communism - China.|Political violence - China - History - 20th century.|Social change - China - History - 20th century.|China - Politics and government - 1949-1976.|China - Politics and government - 1945-1949.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
448

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