This is an FCCC Members-only event
In December 1966, the Revised Edition of “Quotations from Chairman Mao Tsetung“ was published with considerable
rhetorical fanfare. This “atom bomb“ of a book was to be published in ever-greater quantities to combat revisionist trends within the Chinese party-state and became a key icon of the Cultural Revolution in China and abroad. This talk will discuss the humble origins and the contingent compilation process of the Little Red Book. It will trace the influence of Maoist quotations during the Cultural Revolution and also point out the global dimension of its international appeal. Finally, the talk will address the question in how far legacies of its specific rhetoric may still be found in present-day China.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Daniel Leese is professor of modern Chinese history and politics at the University of Freiburg, Germany. He is the author of “Mao Cult” and “The Chinese Cultural Revolution” (in German). His current research focusses on how the Chinese Communist Party dealt with Maoist era injustices and crimes in the early reform period (www.maoistlegacy.uni-