Monthly Archives: December 2017

The Cultural Revolution: A People’s History, 1962―1976

img2The concluding volume–following Mao’s Great Famine and The Tragedy of Liberation–in Frank Dikötter’s award-winning trilogy chronicling the Communist revolution in China.

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 Continue reading

Through Deserts and Oases of Central Asia

img2Few works dealing with Chinese Turkestan and the Pamirs have been published of late years, although the Heart of A sia, where the empires of Great Britain, Kussiatand China meet, can never fail to excite our interest. Furthermore, the great trade route which ran from China to the Roman Empire lay across Chinese Turkestan, from which remote land silk was introduced into Europe. The present book has been written ia two parts. The chapters composing Part I., which describe the nine months journey in deserts and oases, in mountains and plains, have been written by my sister, while I am responsible for those dealing with Continue reading