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The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution 1945-1957 by…

Detailed it may be, but Frank Dikötter's critique of the early years of Chinese communist rule is relentlessly partial, writes Isabel Hilton
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The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution 1945-1957 by Frank Dikötter – Review

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