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Dikötter, Frank

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Works: 53 works in 227 publications in 3 languages and 9,426 library holdings
Genres: History  Juvenile works  Fiction 
Roles: Editor
Classifications: DS730, 951.042
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The age of openness China before Mao by Frank Dikötter( file )
12 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,323 libraries worldwide
The era between empire and communism is routinely portrayed as a catastrophic interlude in China's modern history, but this book shows instead that the first half of the 20th century witnessed a qualitatively unprecedented trend toward openness
Sex, culture and modernity in china by Frank Dikötter( file )
19 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 1,276 libraries worldwide
With the disintegration of Confucian cosmology after the fall of the imperial system in China, medical science was introduced as a foundation for social order. This study traces the emergence of new sexual identities in this period
Mao's great famine : the history of China's most devastating catastrophe, 1958-1962 by Frank Dikötter( Book )
13 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,255 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 construction of racial identities in China and Japan ( file )
20 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 1,224 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
The tragedy of liberation : a history of the Chinese revolution, 1945-1957 by Frank Dikötter( Book )
11 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 647 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"--De l'éditeur
The discourse of race in modern China = [Jin dai Zhongguo zhi zhong zu guan nian] by Frank Dikötter( Book )
21 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in English and held by 566 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
Narcotic culture : a history of drugs in China by Frank Dikötter( Book )
11 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 455 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."--BOOK JACKET
Crime, punishment, and the prison in modern China by Frank Dikötter( Book )
12 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 437 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
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 431 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."--BOOK JACKET
Imperfect conceptions : medical knowledge, birth defects, and eugenics in China by Frank Dikötter( Book )
9 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 387 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
Cultures of confinement : a history of the prison in Africa, Asia and Latin America ( Book )
9 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 386 libraries worldwide
Prisons and prisoners in modernising Latin America (1800-1940) / Carlos Aguirre -- The shadow of rule : colonial power and modern punishment in Africa / Florence Bernault -- Regulation, reform and resistance in the Middle Eastern prison / Anthony Gorman -- India : the contested prison / David Arnold -- Sepoys, servants and settlers : convict transportation in the Indian Ocean, 1787-1945 / Clare Anderson -- South East Asia : reform and the colonial prison / Ian Brown -- The promise of repentance : the prison in modern China / Frank Dikötter -- Envisioning the colonial prison / Clare Anderson and David Arnold
Mao's great famine : the history of China's most devastating catastrophe, 1958-62 by Frank Dikötter( Book )
15 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 360 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 and overtake Britain in less than 15 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
Things modern : material culture and everyday life in China by Frank Dikötter( Book )
8 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 169 libraries worldwide
Maps many changes in the material landscape of China from the mid nineteenth century to the advent of communism in 1949. This book analyses how a very pragmatic attitude towards material goods prevailed, as most consumers bought the new and discarded theold without misgivings
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 55 libraries worldwide
Mao Zedong de da ji huang : 1958-1962 nian de Zhongguo hao jie shi by Frank Dikötter( Book )
5 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in Chinese and held by 51 libraries worldwide
Mao's great famine by Frank Dikötter( Sound Recording )
4 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 50 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. Dikotter's extraordinary research within Chinese archives brings together for the first time what happened in the corridors of power with the everyday experiences of ordinary people. This groundbreaking account definitively recasts the history of the People's Republic of China
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 46 libraries worldwide
Crime, punishment and the prison in China by Frank Dikötter( Book )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 44 libraries worldwide
Mo shui si : mo shui shi jie zui zhong qu = Ink death by Frank Dikötter( Book )
1 edition published in 2009 in Chinese and held by 37 libraries worldwide
As Bluejay tries to keep the Book of Immortality from unraveling, Adderhead kidnaps all of the children, asking for Bluejay's surrender or the children will be doomed to slavery in the silver mines
Jin dai Zhongguo de fan zui, cheng fa yu jian yu = Crime, punishment and the prison in modern China by Frank Dikötter( Book )
2 editions published in 2008 in Chinese and held by 28 libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Feng, Ke 1961-
Fengke
Fengke 1961-
馮客
Languages
English (171)
Chinese (8)
Dutch (2)
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