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The Cultural Revolution

January 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


A lecture by John Harrison on 18.1.18 at 7pm

‘Like the red sun rising in the east, the unprecedented Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution is illuminating the land with its brilliant rays,’ one editorial in a Chinese newspaper read in 1966. 53 years ago, one of the bloodiest eras in Chinese modern history began, in which as many as two million people died. Its bewildering complexity and almost unfathomable brutality was such that to this day historians struggle to make sense of everything that occurred during the period.

When the mass mobilisation kicked off, Party newspapers depicted it as an epochal struggle that would inject new life into the communist cause. In fact, the Cultural Revolution crippled the economy, ruined millions of lives and thrust China into 10 years of turmoil, bloodshed, hunger and stagnation.

Who started it and what was it for? This lecture will attempt to answer these questions. At the end of the lecture, there will be a short presentation of the book ‘Trapped Between Cultures’ which is partly about the effects of the Cultural Revolution on the mind sets of Chinese growing up in the 1950s-70s.

The speaker is John Harrison, a journalist, writer and an artist, the editor of “Russia Knowledge” website (http://www.russiaknowledge.com / https://www.facebook.com/groups/2345359232355366/. John lectures on Global Security and the Media at MGU, teaches at MGOU and Brookes School Moscow.

For detailed instructions of how to find the hall see the website: www.elemoscow.net

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January 18
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Chekhov Library/Cultural Center Strastnoi Bulvar 6
Strastnoi Bulvar 6
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