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The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution 1945-1957 by Frank Dikötter – Review

“The Chinese Communist party refers to its victory in 1949 as a ‘liberation.’ In China the story of liberation and the revolution that followed is not one of peace, liberty, and justice. It is first and foremost a story of calculated terror and systematic violence.” So begins Frank Dikötter’s stunning and revelatory chronicle of Mao Zedong’s ascension and campaign to transform the Chinese into what the party called New People. Following the defeat of Chiang Kai-shek in 1949, after a bloody c...

All must think of Chairman Mao, all must obey Chairman Mao...

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Fang Dazeng, famous Chinese war photographer in the late 1930s.

Hazel Lee - a Chinese American pilot who flew for the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

Chinese soldier, with broadsword, ready for battle. Magazine cover from 1937, start of war with Japan.

Chinese Revolution Art - 1955-Warmly-love-chairman-Mao


10 September 1976: Death of Mao leaves power vacuum. Archived news report by John Gittings. (As the Guardian's China specialist, John Gittings witnessed the Cultural Revolution first hand, and in the aftermath of this report followed the rise of the Gang of Four with a keen eye. He remained the paper's East Asia editor through the Tienanmen Square massacre and the handover of Hong Kong.)

From the album of a german colonist. China, Shandong / Around 1900.

Chinese Propaganda Poster : Chairman Mao and us together

China. Cultural Revolution Propaganda, c. 1966

Mao 1966 Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution

The last emperor Puyi and his mother.

November’s Infographics & Interactives Galore – Part Two | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

Timeline of Chinese history - Imperial China

This is my reading list now. I own (and haven't read) a good half of this list, but I have not managed to read a single one. 32 Books That Will Actually Change Your Life

26 Contemporary Books That Should Be Taught In High School...some of these already are taught in schools, but I'm adding to my "To Read" list!

Buying books faster than you can read them | The 23 Best Parts Of Being A Book Lover. http://www.amazon.com/The-Girl-Trans-Siberian-Railway-Lenoir/dp/1491865113/

21 Unreliable Narrators Who May Or May Not Be Lying To You - some interesting books to read