Event Title

Control The Past, Control The Future: The Struggles Behind The Chinese Communist Party’s Historiography of The Cultural Revolution

Presenter Information

Ricardo Barrios

Location

Science Center, A154

Document Type

Presentation

Start Date

4-27-2012 4:00 PM

End Date

4-27-2012 5:00 PM

Abstract

Modern Chinese historiography is a battlefield upon which factions of the Chinese Communist Party vie for power over the past in order to control the present—and the future. This study of the changing interpretations of the Cultural Revolution, and the historical debates that shaped them, illustrates the ongoing struggle to shape history and reveals emerging trends that shape Chinese historiography today.

Notes

Session III, Panel 1: Decision/Indecision in East Asia: Studies of Historical Memory and Dialogue Without End
Moderator: Suzanne Gay, Professor of East Asian Studies and History

Major

East Asian Studies; Politics

Advisor(s)

Marc Blecher, East Asian Studies; Politics

Project Mentor(s)

Marc Blecher, East Asian Studies; Politics

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Control The Past, Control The Future: The Struggles Behind The Chinese Communist Party’s Historiography of The Cultural Revolution

Science Center, A154

Modern Chinese historiography is a battlefield upon which factions of the Chinese Communist Party vie for power over the past in order to control the present—and the future. This study of the changing interpretations of the Cultural Revolution, and the historical debates that shaped them, illustrates the ongoing struggle to shape history and reveals emerging trends that shape Chinese historiography today.