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Mechthild Leutner (ed.)
Rethinking China in the 1950s
Reihe: Berliner China-Hefte - Chinese History and Society
Bd. 31, 2007, 184 S., 20.90 EUR, 20.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-8258-0291-2
The articles in this issue deal with various aspects of the on-going re-evaluation and reconsideration of the far-reaching political, economic and ideological transformation of China in the 1950s, exploring the broader themes in various subfields and from different perspectives. There is a special focus on specific developments in the early 1950s: on land reform and the significance of this for the political consolidation of the new People's Republic, on state violence and mass crimes; on the state discourse on housewives and housework; on the establishment of Chinese as a foreign language at Peking University from the perspective of an eye-witness. Two studies deal with developments in the field of historiography: the first analyses the discussions of Chinese intellectuals in the late 1950s who were seeking to establish historical legitimacy; the second highlights recent debates among historians and intellectuals who have been creating new master narratives and have been involved, in pluralistic terms, in newly constructing the history of the 1950s, especially with regard to the Great Leap Forward and the 1957 Anti-Rightist Movement.
Frau Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Mechthild Leutner ist Professorin für Sinologie an der Freien Universität Berlin.