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Dikötter, Frank

Works: 72 works in 371 publications in 5 languages and 12,297 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Juvenile works  Fantasy fiction  Personal narratives 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: HC430.F3, FIC
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Most widely held works by Frank Dikötter
Mao's great famine : the history of China's most devastating catastrophe, 1958-1962 by Frank Dikötter( Book )

42 editions published between 2010 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,735 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""Between 1958 and 1962, China descended into hell. Mao Zedong threw his country into a frenzy with the Great Leap Forward, an attempt to catch up with and overtake Britain in less than fifteen years. The experiment ended in the greatest catastrophe the country had ever known, destroying tens of millions of lives." So opens Frank Dikotter's astonishing, riveting, magnificently detailed chronicle of an era in Chinese history much speculated about but never before fully documented because access to Communist Party archives has long been restricted to all but the most trusted historians. However, a new archive law has opened up thousands of central and provincial documents that "fundamentally change the way one can study the Maoist era."" "Dikotter makes clear, as nobody has before, that far from being the program that would lift the country among the world's superpowers and prove the power of communism, as Mao imagined, the Great Leap Forward propelled the country in the other direction. It became not only one of the most deadly mass killings in human history--at least 45 million people were worked, starved, or beaten to death--but also the greatest demolition of real estate in history, as up to one third of all housing was turned into rubble. The experiment was a catastrophe for the natural world as well, as the land was savaged in the maniacal pursuit of steel and other industrial accomplishments." "In a powerful meshing of exhaustive research in Chinese archives and narrative drive, Dikotter for the first time links up what happened in the corridors of power--the vicious backstabbing and bullying tactics that took place among party leaders--with the everyday experiences of ordinary people, giving voice to the dead and disenfranchised. His magisterial account recasts the history of the People's Republic of China."--Jacket
The tragedy of liberation : a history of the Chinese revolution, 1945-1957 by Frank Dikötter( Book )

25 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and held by 908 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'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 civil war, Mao hoisted the red flag over Beijing's Forbidden City, and the world watched as the Communist revolution began to wash away the old order. Due to the secrecy surrounding the country's records, little has been known before now about the eight years that followed, preceding the massive famine and Great Leap Forward. Drawing on hundreds of previously classified documents, secret police reports, unexpurgated versions of leadership speeches, eyewitness accounts of those who survived, and more, The Tragedy of Liberation bears witness to a shocking, largely untold history. Interweaving stories of ordinary citizens with tales of the brutal politics of Mao's court, Frank Dikötter illuminates those who shaped the 'liberation' and the horrific policies they implemented in the name of progress. People of all walks of life were caught up in the tragedy that unfolded, and whether or not they supported the revolution, all of them were asked to write confessions, denounce their friends, and answer queries about their political reliability. One victim of thought reform called it a 'carefully cultivated Auschwitz of the mind.' Told with great narrative sweep, The Tragedy of Liberation is a powerful and important document giving voice at last to the millions who were lost, and casting new light on the foundations of one of the most powerful regimes of the twenty-first century"--
The Cultural Revolution : A People's History, 1962-1976 by Frank Dikötter( Book )

17 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After the economic disaster of the Great Leap Forward that claimed tens of millions of lives from 1958-1962, an aging Mao Zedong launched an ambitious scheme to shore up his reputation and eliminate those he viewed as a threat to his legacy. The stated goal of the Cultural Revolution was to purge the country of bourgeois, capitalistic elements he claimed were threatening genuine communist ideology. Young students formed the Red Guards, vowing to defend the Chairman to the death, but soon rival factions started fighting each other in the streets with semiautomatic weapons in the name of revolutionary purity. As the country descended into chaos, the military intervened, turning China into a garrison state marked by bloody purges that crushed as many as one in fifty people.The Cultural Revolution: A People's History, 1962-1976 draws for the first time on hundreds of previously classified party documents, from secret police reports to unexpurgated versions of leadership speeches. Frank Dikötter uses this wealth of material to undermine the picture of complete conformity that is often supposed to have characterized the last years of the Mao era. After the army itself fell victim to the Cultural Revolution, ordinary people used the political chaos to resurrect the market and hollow out the party's ideology. In short, they buried Maoism. By showing how economic reform from below was an unintended consequence of a decade of violent purges and entrenched fear, The Cultural Revolution casts China's most tumultuous era in a wholly new light
The discourse of race in modern China = [Jin dai Zhongguo zhi zhong zu guan nian] by Frank Dikötter( Book )

42 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in English and Chinese and held by 760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first systematic study of a topic which cuts straight through the heart of many aspects of intellectual life in modern China and has hitherto remained unexplored because it has been deemed to be embarrassing and politically unfashionable: the discourse of race. This book looks at the emergence of racial stereotypes during the nineteenth century, the gradual formation of a racial discourse at the turn of the century, the conceptualization of racial nationalism at the beginning of the 1910s, and the institutionalization and habituation of this discourse by the academic community in the 1920s and '30s. It also provides the first analysis of eugenics--the pseudo-science of race improvement--in Republican China. The work is based on a wide variety of sources, some hitherto neglected by sinologists, such as primers on anthropology, genetics and eugenics, pamphlets on racial nationalism, medical handbooks, schoolbooks and caricatures. The author first demonstrates that racial categories of analysis were not confined to the edges of Chinese thought systems, but have been widespread and influential during the past century. Secondly, he argues that racial discourse did not result from 'Western influence' but was largely due to endogenous developments which had only a minimal relationship to Western thought. Thirdly, he dispels the myth of Chinese 'cultural universalism' to show that outgroups were often classified according to physical characteristics alleged to be permanent. And finally, he indicates that this discourse did not exist in isolation of social movements but was part of a symbolic universe in perpetual change. Frank Dikotter's conceptual approach is grounded in discourse analysis, social constructivism and intergroup sociology. He makes detailed comparisons with Western notions of race, and approaches a number of related topics such as Occidentalism, non-Darwinian evolutionism, categorical thought, the construction of emotions, and the misuse of science. Racial prejudice is still endemic in the People's Republic of China and the book provides the background to a better understanding of this crucial phenomenon. The Discourse of Race in Modern China will be of interest not only to students of Chinese affairs, but also to those concerned with the history of mentalities, race studies, group psychology, medical anthropology and cultural studies in general
The age of openness : China before Mao by Frank Dikötter( Book )

13 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The era between empire and communism is routinely portrayed as a catastrophic interlude in China's modern history. But in this engagingly written book, Frank Dikotter instead shows that the first half of the twentieth century was characterized by unprecedented openness. He argues that from 1900 to 1949, all levels of Chinese society were seeking engagement with the rest of the world and that pursuit of openness was particularly evident in four areas: governance, including advances in liberties and the rule of law; greater freedom of movement within the country and outside it; the spirited exchange of ideas in the humanities and sciences; and thriving and open markets and the resulting sustained growth in China's economy. Accessible to general readers and full of valuable insights for specialists, China before Mao presents a fresh way of approaching the country's modern history and shows that in politics, society, culture, and the economy, China was at its most diverse on the eve of World War II."--Jacket
Crime, punishment, and the prison in modern China by Frank Dikötter( Book )

16 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and Chinese and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on extensive research and many newly discovered sources, this book examines the radical changes in Chinese society during the first half of the twentieth century through the lens of the Chinese prison system. This book explores the profound effects and lasting repercussions of the superimposition of Western-derived models of repentance and rehabilitation on traditional Chinese categories of crime and punishment. A society's prisons reflect much about its notions not only of law and order and the rights of the individual, but of human nature itself, its tractability and capacity to change. In China during the tumultuous years from 1895 to 1949, these notions were transformed in dramatic ways. Frank Dikt̲ter identifies penal reform as a radical modern tool to achieve an indigenous Chinese vision of social cohesion and the rule of virtue. Modernizing elites in China viewed the reformation of criminals as a constitutive part of a project of a national regeneration in which good order, economic development, and state power could only be obtained by shaping obedient subjects. This account of the evolution of Chinese penal theory is brought together with a richly textured portrait of daily life behind bars
Sex, culture, and modernity in China : medical science and the construction of sexual identities in the early Republican period by Frank Dikötter( Book )

27 editions published in 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the disintegration of Confucian cosmology after the fall of the imperial system in China, medical science was introduced as an epistemological foundation for social order. The construction of sexuality as a dangerous drive which was thought to form the very core of the individual led to the emergence of a wide range of identities like the menstruating girl, the hysterical housewife, the masturbating adolescent and the syphilitic husband. The naturalization of desire also introduced a tension between the sexual responsibilities of the individual and the coercive intervention of civil society in the name of the collective health of future generations. Although new categories of analysis, such as 'population', 'race', 'sex', 'woman' and 'youth' were introduced to early Republican China from abroad, their reception and adaptation were founded on cultural reorientations which may have taken place as long before as the 17th and 18th centuries. Instead of describing the rise of normative naturalism as a derivative discourse from 'the West', this book recognizes that the roots of modernizing representations may have had to be sought in a rich and diverse past in China itself. The author's analysis is based on medical and lay texts such as handbooks, marriage guides and introductions to physiology and sexual hygiene. The epilogue demonstrates how the sexual identities invented early this century are still in place in China today
Narcotic culture : a history of drugs in China by Frank Dikötter( Book )

18 editions published between 2004 and 2016 in English and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To this day, the perception persists that China was a civilization defeated by imperialist Britain's most desirable trade commodity, opium - a drug that turned the Chinese into cadaverous addicts in the iron grip of dependence. Britain, in an effort to reverse the damage caused by opium addiction, launched its own version of the "war on drugs," which lasted roughly sixty years, from 1880 to World War II and the beginning of communism. But, as Narcotic Culture brilliantly shows, the real scandal in Chinese history was not the expansion of the drug trade by Britain in the early nineteenth century, but rather the failure of the British to grasp the consequences of prohibition." "In a stunning historical reversal, Frank Dikotter, Lars Laamann, and Zhou Xun tell this different story of the relationship between opium and the Chinese. They reveal that opium actually had few harmful effects on either health or longevity; in fact, it was prepared and appreciated in highly complex rituals with inbuilt constraints preventing excessive use. Opium was even used as a medicinal panacea in China before the availability of aspirin and penicillin. But as a result of the British effort to eradicate opium, the Chinese turned from the relatively benign use of that drug to heroin, morphine, cocaine, and countless other psychoactive substances. Narcotic Culture provides abundant evidence that the transition from a tolerated opium culture to a system of prohibition produced a " cure" that was far worse than the disease."--Jacket
The construction of racial identities in China and Japan : historical and contemporary perspectives by Frank Dikötter( Book )

26 editions published in 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume shows that the construction of symbolic boundaries between racial categories has undergone many transformations in China and Japan, but the attempt to rationalize and rank differences between population groups remains widespread
Exotic commodities : modern objects and everyday life in China by Frank Dikötter( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Exotic Commodities is the first book to chart the consumption and spread of foreign goods in China from the mid-nineteenth century to the advent of communism in 1949. Richly illustrated and revealing, this volume recounts how exotic commodities were acquired and adapted in a country commonly believed to have remained "hostile toward alien things" during the industrial era."--Jacket
Cultures of confinement : a history of the prison in Africa, Asia and Latin America( Book )

12 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prisons are on the increase from the United States to China, as ever-larger proportions of humanity find themselves behind bars. While prisons now span the world, we know little about their history in global perspective. Rather than interpreting the prison's proliferation as the predictable result of globalization, Cultures of Confinement underlines the fact that the prison was never simply imposed by colonial powers or copied by elites eager to emulate the West, but was reinvented and transformed by a host of local factors, its success being dependent on its very flexibility. Complex cultural negotiations took place in encounters between different parts of the world, and rather than assigning a passive role to Latin America, Asia, and Africa, the authors of this book point out the acts of resistance or appropriation that altered the social practices associated with confinement. The prison, in short, was understood in culturally specific ways and reinvented in a variety of local contexts examined here for the first time in global perspective.--
Imperfect conceptions : medical knowledge, birth defects, and eugenics in China by Frank Dikötter( Book )

13 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since Deng Xiaoping's accession to power in 1978, human genetics has come to occupy centre stage in China, as a growing number of socially undesirable traits are attributed to so-called bad genes, which the state seeks to regulate
Things modern : material culture and everyday life in China by Frank Dikötter( Book )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How to people relate to thing? Much has been written about social movements in modern China, but next to nothing is known about the revolution which transformed the texture of everyday life. This is the first book to map the many changes in the material landscape of China from the mid-nineteenth century to the advent of communism in 1949."--BOOK JACKET
Maos Großer Hunger Massenmord und Menschenexperiment in China by Frank Dikötter( Book )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Between 1958 and 1962, 45 million Chinese people were worked, starved or beaten to death. Mao Zedong threw his country into a frenzy with the Great Leap Forward. It lead to one of the greatest catastrophes the world has ever known
Mao's great famine by Frank Dikötter( Recording )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Combining newly released documents from Chinese archives with stories from the disenfranchised masses of the time, Dikötter recounts how Mao sought to prove the power of Communism, but instead plunged his country into a hellish existence
Mao Zedong de da ji huang : 1958-1962 nian de Zhongguo hao jie shi by Frank Dikötter( Book )

8 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in Chinese and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mao's massamoord : de geschiedenis van China's meest vernietigende catastrofe, 1958-1962 by Frank Dikötter( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in Dutch and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De tragiek van de bevrijding : de geschiedenis van de Chinese Revolutie 1945-1957 by Frank Dikötter( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in Dutch and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in Chinese and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As Bluejay--Mo's fictitious double--tries to keep the Book of Immortality from unraveling, Adderhead kidnaps all the children in the kingdom, asking for Bluejay's surrender or the children will be doomed to slavery in the silver mines
Mao und seine verlorenen Kinder : Chinas Kulturrevolution by Frank Dikötter( Book )

5 editions published in 2017 in German and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Mao's great famine : the history of China's most devastating catastrophe, 1958-1962
Alternative Names
Feng, Ke 1961-


Fengke 1961-

Frank Dikötter historiador neerlandés

Frank Dikötter historien néerlandais

Frank Dikötter Nederlands historicus

Frank Dikötter niederländischer Historiker und Sinologe

فرانک دیکاتر

디쾨터, 프랑크 1961-


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The discourse of race in modern China = [Jin dai Zhongguo zhi zhong zu guan nian]The age of openness : China before MaoCrime, punishment, and the prison in modern ChinaSex, culture, and modernity in China : medical science and the construction of sexual identities in the early Republican periodNarcotic culture : a history of drugs in ChinaThe construction of racial identities in China and Japan : historical and contemporary perspectivesExotic commodities : modern objects and everyday life in ChinaCultures of confinement : a history of the prison in Africa, Asia and Latin America