International Affairs

Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962

Frank Dikotter

About the Program

Frank Dikotter takes a new look at Mao's Great Leap Forward (1958-62), using the recently opened Communist Party archives.  Prof. Dikotter says that between those years, at least 45 million Chinese were killed and the experiment was a colossal failure.  He spoke at the Asia Society in New York City. 

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Frank Dikotter

Frank Dikotter is Chair Professor of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong.  He is the author of "The Discourse of Race in Modern China."  For more, visit: web.mac.com/dikotter/. 


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Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962

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