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The Tragedy of Liberation, by Frank Dikötter - review

14 September 2013

9:00 AM

14 September 2013

9:00 AM

The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution, 1945-1957 Frank Dikötter

Bloomsbury, pp.400, £25, ISBN: 978408837573

The historian of China Frank Dikötter has taken a sledgehammer to demolish perhaps the last remaining shibboleth of modern Chinese history. This is the notion, propagated in countless books and documentaries, that Mao’s regime started off well, deservedly coming to power on a wave of popular support and successfully tackling the evils left behind by the corrupt and incompetent Nationalists.

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