Historiography of Maoism: new interpretations


Mercredi de 10 h à 13 h (salle AS1_23, 54 bd Raspail 75006 Paris), du 2 mai 2018 au 20 juin 2018

The 125th anniversary of Mao’s birth in 2018 provides a good opportunity to take stock of the new directions taken by historians of Mao-era China in recent years. The main change that can be observed is the shift away from elite politics and the study of Mao’s personality, and towards “everyday history,” including a greater focus on social history and issues like gender. The periodization of the Mao era has also been considerably refined, with specific work devoted to the building of the socialist state in the 1950s, the Great Famine of 1959-1961, the Cultural Revolution, the rustication movement and underground activities in the early 1970s. Cultural history of the Mao era has also come to the fore, with a new interest in collective memories (oral history), museums, and cultural productions. A considerable amount of new documents have also become available from local archives and private collections, some of which will be presented in the seminar. Finally, overall interpretations of the socialist experience in China continue to be proposed and discussed both in China and abroad. This research seminar will be held in English.

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Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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