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Reflections on Zhou Enlai and China’s Revolution Era

September 13, 2017
05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Humanities Center Conference Room D

Chen Jian
Distinguished Global Network Professor of History, NYU/NYU-Shanghai
Hu Shih Professor of History Emeritus, Cornell University

Premier Zhou Enlai, since his death in 1976, has been presented as the most farsighted and humane of Chinese Communist leaders, effectively the PRC’s only secular saint. However, historical sources are hinting that that he might be as deeply implicated as Chairman Mao Zedong in the disasters of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution that consumed tens of millions of lives. Professor Chen would introduce his upcoming biography of Zhou and explain how Zhou’s life showcases the paradoxes of Chinese revolution.

Category: CNY Humanities Corridor