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Liberation: Reflections on the 60th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China
The 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China marks an important milestone in China’s modern history. The ruling Chinese Communist Party has defied seemingly impossible odds and survived. At home its legitimacy is propped up by economic prosperity and public optimism about the future. On the international stage, China has been accorded the status of a great power. How should we assess and interpret China’s political and economic evolution since 1949? Is this a story of the triumph of one-party rule? What is the future of the Chinese Communist Party?
Professor Roderick MacFarquhar, one of the world’s pre-eminent scholars on China, will share his reflections and insights with us on October 1 at the Athenaeum. He is the Leroy B. Williams Professor of History and Political Science and formerly Director of the John King Fairbank Center for East Asian Research at Harvard University. His publications include The Hundred Flowers Campaign and the Chinese Intellectuals (1960); The Sino-Soviet Dispute (1963); China under Mao (1966); Sino-American Relations, 1949-1971 (1972); The Secret Speeches of Chairman Mao (1989) (with Eugene Wu and Timothy Cheek); the final two volumes of the Cambridge History of China (1991)(edited with the late John Fairbank); The Politics of China 2nd Ed: The Eras of Mao and Deng (1997); and a trilogy, The Origins of the Cultural Revolution (1999). He was the founding editor of The China Quarterly, and has been a fellow at Columbia University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Royal Institute for International Affairs. In previous personae, he has been a journalist, a TV commentator, and a Member of Parliament. His most recent, jointly-authored book (with Professor Michael Schoenhals) on the Cultural Revolution entitled Mao's Last Revolution was published by the Belknap Press of Harvard University Press in 2006.
Professor MacFarquhar’s visit, his second, to Claremont McKenna College is jointly sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies and the Athenaeum.