香港中文大學 歴史系 歴史系

HIST5508C Special Topics in Chinese History: From Revolution to Reform in China, 1949-1976

2020-2021年度 第二學期

時間Monday, 6.30 pm - 9.15 pm

地點Cheng Yu Tung Building 209A-B.
This course would be conducted in mixed mode.


課程講師 何曉清 ((852) 3943 7128 /

助教 Diki Sherpa (


This course would be conducted in mixed mode. If the pandemic situation allows, we will meet in person. The first class will be taught online given the uncertain development of the coronavirus.

Students who would like to sit in during the add/drop period can contact the course TA for zoom link.
Students who have registered for the course can find course materials on Blackboard.






Hitler’s Germany, Stalin’s Russia, Mao’s China. Some leaders make such a profound impression on their times, that they appear, figuratively at least, to “possess” their own country. Mao Zedong, the founder of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), who ruled the country from 1949 until his death in 1976, was one such a figure. “The East is Red,” the 1942 song that became China’s unofficial national anthem during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960-70s, referred to Mao as “the people’s great savior,” though many people, in China and abroad, viewed him as a monster, on a par with Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.

This course focuses on the history of the PRC during the era of revolutionary transformation and profound upheaval (1949-1976) that was the hallmark of the reign of Chairman Mao Zedong. This course embraces multiple aspects of Chinese society during that period, including politics, economics, culture, art, education, foreign relations, etc. The goals, institutions, mechanisms of social control, and, not least, the enormous price paid by the Chinese people in the course of striving to achieve Mao’s utopian/dystopian vision of China will command our attention, stimulate our thinking, and provoke lively but mutually respectful discussion. One of the highlights of this course would be the opportunity to have conversations with authors of some of our readings.



This course aims to help students to develop skills to think, write, and speak critically and analytically about the past. We will work together as historians to evaluate historical evidence in primary and secondary sources, to think within historical contexts, to recognize the historical forces at work, to identify continuities and changes, and to understand the ethical dimension of historical interpretations as world citizens.






  • Class Participation (30%)
  • Presentation (10%)
  • Final Project (60%)


A detailed list of weekly materials will be provided later

  • Bonnin, Michel, The Lost Generation: The Rustication of China’s Educated Youth, 1968-1980, Chinese University of Hong Kong Press, 2013.
  • Gao, Hua, How the Red Sun Rose: The Origin and Development of the Yan’an Rectification Movement, 1930–1945, Chinese University of Hong Kong Press, 2019.
  • Tan, Hecheng, The Killing Wind: A Chinese County’s Descent into Madness during the Cultural Revolution, Oxford University Press, 2017.
  • Fairbank, John, and Merle Goldman, China: A New History (Harvard University Press, 1999)
  • Merle Goldman, Timothy Cheek, and Carol Lee Hamrin, eds. China’s Intellectuals and the State: In Search of a New relationship (Harvard University Press, 1987).
  • MacFarquhar, Roderick, ed, The Politics of China: 1949-1989 (Cambridge University Press, 1993).
  • Bianco, Lucien, Stalin and Mao: A Comparison of the Russian and Chinese Revolutions (The Chinese University Press, 2018)
  • Chen, Jian, Mao’s China and the Cold War (University of North Carolina Press, 2001)
  • nd Paul G. Pickowicz, and Mark Selden, Chinese Village, Socialist State (Yale University Press, 1991)
  • Alexander V. Pantsov with Steven I. Levine, Mao: The Real Story (Simon & Schuster, 2012)
  • Walder, Andrew G., China under Mao: A Revolution Derailed (Harvard University Press, 2017)
  • Yang, Jisheng, Tombstone The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012)
  • Merle Goldman, Literary Dissent in Communist China (Harvard University Press, 1967).
  • Goldman, M. China’s Intellectuals: Advice and Dissent, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1981.
  • MacFarquhar, R. The Hundred Flowers Campaign and the Chinese Intellectuals, London: Octagon Press, 1974.
  • MacFarquhar, R. The Origins of the Cultural Revolution, three volumes, Columbia University Press, 1974, 1983, 1997.
  • Baum, Richard and Frederick C. Teiwes, Ssu-Ch’ing: The Socialist Education Movement of 1962-1966 (Berkeley: University of California Center for Chinese Studies, 1968)
  • Leese, Daniel. Mao Cult: Rhetoric and Ritual in China’s Cultural Revolution, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  • Esherick, Joseph W. Paul G. Pickowicz, and Andrew G. Walder, eds, The Chinese Cultural Revolution as History. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006.
  • Bernstein, T. Up to the Mountains and Down to the Villages: The Transfer of Youth from Urban to Rural China. Connecticut: Yale University Press, 1977.
  • Brown, Jeremy. City Versus Countryside in Mao’s China: Negotiating the Divide. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.


Each week’s materials will focus on one theme/topic. These themes/topics are chronologically arranged. In addition to reading required texts, we will watch selected films and documentaries relevant to the period we study. These visual materials aim to facilitate students’ understanding of history through vivid human experience, and to eventually cultivate students’personal moral engagement as well as historical consciousness and intellectual understanding of the world. After all, the history that we are exploring is not just about dates, names, and numbers, but timeless questions such as values and choices, conflict and love, loyalty and betrayal.




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