PUBLIC LECTURE: Everyday Life under Mao: the Chinese Revolution in the 1950s
|Everyday Life under Mao: the Chinese Revolution in the 1950s
A free public lecture by Professor Antonia Finnane,School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne and 2011 Fred Alexander Fellow.
In Chinese history, the 1950s occupies a position not too different from its place in the history of the Western world. It was the time after the war, and the time before the storm of the sixties. People of a certain age are capable of looking back to it with nostalgia. There were no white picket fences in China, but there was rice in the bowl, a roof over the head, and an atmosphere of hope associated with national re-unification and re-building as the People’s Republic of China took shape. Or so it seems in retrospect, not least to historians concerned to salvage the reputation of the Chinese revolution from the charnel-house of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution.
The lecture is free and open to the public, no RSVP required.
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