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Mao's China - One Man's Revolution - BBC 20th Century History File

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'Mao's China - One Man's Revolution - BBC 20th Century History File.' Not to be trusted on the impact of the Great Leap Forward.
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China is struggling to keep control over its version of the past

China is struggling to keep control over its version of the past | IB: Authoritarian States | Scoop.it
A battle is raging in the realm of historiography
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'Xi Jinping, China’s president, is waging war against “historical nihilism”, a peril as arcane-sounding as it is, to his mind, grave. As a state news agency recently warned, there is a “seething undercurrent” of it in China. Failure to stamp it out, officials say, could lead to Soviet-style collapse.'
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Primary Source websites.pdf

Primary Source websites.pdf | IB: Authoritarian States | Scoop.it
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A page with links to a huge range of primary sources. Mainly American, I admit, but not exclusively.

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Will dictators disappear?

Will dictators disappear? | IB: Authoritarian States | Scoop.it
Is a future without dictatorships realistic? Rachel Nuwer investigates.
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'Ending dictatorship once and for all would seem a worthwhile goal. But is that likely? What allows a dictator to thrive, and how might things change in the future for these leaders?'

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Which 20th Century Dictator are YOU?

Which 20th Century Dictator are YOU? | IB: Authoritarian States | Scoop.it
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A stand-alone simulation from activehistory.co.uk to help students compare and contrast how single-party state rulers maintained power.

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Long March | South China Morning Post

INFOGRAPHIC: The Long March | South China Morning Post | IB: Authoritarian States | Scoop.it
In 1931, the communists established the Soviet Republic of China in the mountainous area of Jiangxi province. Three years later, surrounded and harassed by Kuomintang forces led by Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, the communist leaders decided to mobilise the Red Army and take flight, thus beginning a journey that would change the fate of the Communist Party of China.
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An infographic of the Long March from the South China Morning Post. 

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Abide with Mao

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A MERE 18 years after the death of Mao Zedong, it was possible for a notable Sinologist to give his book on Chinese reforms the title of “Burying Mao”. And who was to quibble?
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A short piece from the Economist on Mao's legacy. 'A mere 18 years after the death of Mao Zedong, it was possible for a notable Sinologist to give his book on Chinese reforms the title of “Burying Mao”. And who was to quibble?'
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The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War

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An online companion to the book, The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War includes a rich multimedia collection of maps, videos, timelines, and teaching strategies that place the Nanjing Atrocities within the larger context of World War II in East Asia.
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What Japanese history lessons leave out

What Japanese history lessons leave out | IB: Authoritarian States | Scoop.it
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'Japanese people often fail to understand why neighbouring countries harbour a grudge over events that happened in the 1930s and 40s. The reason, in many cases, is that they barely learned any 20th Century history.' A short piece by Mariko Oi on the history teaching in Japanese schools.

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Why Footbinding Persisted in China for a Millennium by Amanda Foreman

Why Footbinding Persisted in China for a Millennium by Amanda Foreman | IB: Authoritarian States | Scoop.it
Despite the pain, millions of Chinese women stood firm in their devotion to the tradition
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'Though utterly rejected in China now—the last shoe factory making lotus shoes closed in 1999—it survived for a thousand years in part because of women’s emotional investment in the practice.'


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Barefoot doctors

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'When the rural communes were set up during the Great Leap Forward (1958), health care was organized in health stations at the commune level. The people employed by these stations were part-peasant, part-doctor. As they wore no shoes most of the time, they became known as barefoot doctors.'

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Frank Dikotter - Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe - YouTube

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Frank Dikotter discussing his extraordinary book on the Great Leap Forward.

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毛泽东的大饥荒 Mao's Great Famine - 法国纪录片

禁书网 http://www.bannedbook.org/ 毛泽东的大饥荒-法国纪录片 一部由法国人制作的三年大饥荒的纪录片《Mao's Great Famine》向世人播出,纪录片展示了幸存者的见证、珍贵的档案资料片和对权威史学家的采访,让观众能够对那场大灾难有更直观的了解。视频包含了大量历史视频,这段视频纪...
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Documentary on the Great Leap Forward, excellent context and archival film. Includes interviews with Yang Jisheng and Frank Dikotter.

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Still ashamed of my part in Mao's Cultural Revolution - BBC News

Still ashamed of my part in Mao's Cultural Revolution - BBC News | IB: Authoritarian States | Scoop.it
In 1966, the youth movement known as the Red Guards was mobilised in China. Saul Yeung was one of them.
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'Saul Yeung was a member of the Red Guards. He spoke to Witness about his memories of that time and the guilt he still carries.'
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Mark Steel Lectures - Karl Marx (2003)

 

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Mark Steel Lectures - Karl Marx. First broadcast November 2003
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IB History Command Terms Cards

IB History Command Terms Cards | IB: Authoritarian States | Scoop.it
IB History Command terms as cards. They could be used by students in class for card based activities or as part of a display. Definitions taken from the IB History Guide 2010. Downloadable PDF file...
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A simple explanation of IB history command terms from alleycathistory.com

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Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Assad: What is a Dictator? - ValueWalk

Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Assad: What is a Dictator? - ValueWalk | IB: Authoritarian States | Scoop.it

What is a dictator, or an authoritarian? I’ll bet you think you know. But perhaps you don’t. Sure, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Mao Zedong were dictators. So were Saddam Hussein and both Hafez and Bashar al Assad. But in many cases the situation is not that simple and stark. In many cases the reality — and the morality — of the situation is far more complex.


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Dictators and the cult of personality

Dictators and the cult of personality | IB: Authoritarian States | Scoop.it
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Looking back, how could mass murderers such as Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin and Idi Amin have risen to the top of political power? How could populations whose ancestors had fought for their right to vote, use their precious suffrage to allow such evil men to govern them? Brogan Campbell on the cult of personality.

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People's Century Part 15 1949 Great leap - YouTube

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People's Century episode on Mao's China. An excellent introduction; don't fret too much about 16 seconds of glamrock at the beginning!

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Forgotten Ally - YouTube

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Prof. Rana Mitter gives a brief introduction to his book on China's war with Japan, 1937-45. 

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China's War with Japan, 1937-1945 - Rana Mitter

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'In this insight, Rana Mitter attempts to re-examine as many aspects as possible of China’s experience of the highly destructive, eight-year war with Japan. Mitter discusses the major leaders (Chiang Kaishek, Mao Zedong and Wang Jingwei) and about the ordinary people who became caught up in terrible times.'
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Acts of violence

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FRANK DIKÖTTER, the author of “The Tragedy of Liberation”, says the golden age of China’s liberation was really a period of broken promises, systematic...
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This interview with Dikotter makes clear his view that violence 'was the revolution of 1949' and it continued to be so right through to the man-made disaster of the Great Leap Forward. A number of critical reviews of 'The Tragedy of Liberation' take a more equivocal view of this period. 

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In Heat of August 1945, Mao and Chiang Met for the Last Time

In Heat of August 1945, Mao and Chiang Met for the Last Time | IB: Authoritarian States | Scoop.it
In August 1945, Mao Zedong flew from his mountain redoubt in Yan’an to Chongqing, the headquarters of Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalists and China’s sweltering wartime capital.
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The last meeting between leaders of the Chinese Communists and the Nationalists in August 1945.

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Great Leap Forward People's Century - YouTube

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13 minutes on the Great Leap Forward from People's Century

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Charted: China’s Great Famine, according to Yang Jisheng, a journalist who lived through it

Charted: China’s Great Famine, according to Yang Jisheng, a journalist who lived through it | IB: Authoritarian States | Scoop.it
Veteran Chinese journalist and historian Yang Jisheng investigated the massive death toll from China's Great Famine, and the government policies that caused it, in Tombstone, a book that is often considered the most authoritative account of the man-made disaster that stretched from 1958 to 1962. Published in 2008, the book is still banned in Mainland...

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Veteran Chinese journalist and historian Yang Jisheng investigated the massive death toll from China’s Great Famine in his book, Tombstone.
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Mr. MacCollum's curator insight, March 12, 11:52 PM
Really interesting read about one of the most momentous periods of the 20th Century that gets little press (for a whole lot of reasons).
Jukka Melaranta's curator insight, March 13, 11:12 AM
Really interesting read about one of the most momentous periods of the 20th Century that gets little press (for a whole lot of reasons).