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Popular Memories of the Mao Era: From Critical Debate to Reassessing History

Sebastian Veg


Over the past 10 or 15 years in China, there has been unprecedented critical public discussion of key episodes in PRC history, in particular the Great Famine of 1959-1961, the Anti-Rightist movement of 1957, and the Cultural Revolution, with the wave of Red Guard apologies. These discussions are quite different from previous expressions of traumatic or nostalgic memories of the Mao era, respectively in the 1980s and 1990s. They reflect both growing dissatisfaction with the authoritarian control over history exercised by the Chinese state, and the new spaces provided for counter-hegemonic narra ... More

Keywords: History and Memory, Mao Era, Popular History, Public Sphere, Subaltern History, Collective Memory

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9789888390762
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888390762.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sebastian Veg, editor
School of Advanced Studies in Social Science (EHESS)

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Part I Unofficial Memories in the Public Sphere: Journals, Internet, Museums

Part II Critical Memory and Cultural Practices: Reconfiguring Elite and Popular Discourse

Part III Unofficial Sources and Popular Historiography: New Discourses of Knowledge on the Mao Era

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