Frank Dikötter


Born
Netherlands
Website

Genre


Frank Dikötter is the Chair Professor of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong and Professor of the Modern History of China on leave from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Born in the Netherlands in 1961, he was educated in Switzerland and graduated from the University of Geneva with a Double Major in History and Russian. After two years in the People's Republic of China, he moved to London where he obtained his PhD in History from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in 1990. He stayed at SOAS as British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and as Wellcome Research Fellow before being promoted to a personal chair as Professor of the Modern History of China in 2002. His research and writing has been fu
...more

Average rating: 3.97 · 5,295 ratings · 630 reviews · 19 distinct worksSimilar authors
Mao's Great Famine: The His...

3.98 avg rating — 2,827 ratings — published 2010 — 38 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Tragedy of Liberation: ...

4.09 avg rating — 1,030 ratings — published 2013 — 16 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Cultural Revolution: A ...

3.97 avg rating — 790 ratings — published 2016 — 20 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
How to Be a Dictator: The C...

3.72 avg rating — 485 ratings — published 2019 — 9 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Age of Openness: China ...

3.55 avg rating — 47 ratings — published 2008 — 7 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Discourse of Race in Mo...

3.74 avg rating — 46 ratings — published 1992 — 9 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Narcotic Culture: A History...

by
3.77 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 2004 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Construction of Racial ...

3.67 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 1997 — 4 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Sex, Culture and Modernity ...

3.44 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 1995 — 5 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Imperfect Conceptions: Medi...

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 1998 — 2 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Frank Dikötter…
Mao's Great Famine: The His... The Tragedy of Liberation: ... The Cultural Revolution: A ...
(3 books)
by
4.00 avg rating — 4,644 ratings

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

“But even as every promise was broken, the party kept on gaining followers. Many were idealists, some were opportunists, others thugs. They displayed astonishing faith and almost fanatical conviction, sometimes even after they themselves had ended up being devoured by the party machinery. A”
Frank Dikötter, The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution 1945-1957

“The campaign also had another visible effect. Many residents, from traffic police and food handlers to street sweepers, started wearing cotton masks, which always surprised foreign visitors. This habit would last for decades. In the words of William Kinmond, it gave ‘even young girls and boys the appearance of being fugitives from operating rooms’.”
Frank Dikötter, The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution 1945-1957

“people performers in an extravaganza for Mao.’34 But in reality a dictatorship never has one dictator only, as many people become willing to scramble for power over the next person above them. The country was full of local hegemons, each trying to deceive the next one up into believing that their achievements were genuine.”
Frank Dikötter, Mao's Great Famine: The History Of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958 62

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
The History Book ...: This topic has been closed to new comments. ARCHIVE ONE: PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF ~ 6587 4204 May 08, 2013 03:33PM  
Goodreads Librari...: Author merg 41 157 May 08, 2014 07:22AM  
Reading with Style: Reading Plans 12 47 Sep 04, 2018 07:45AM  
The History Book ...: RISE OF COMMUNISM IN CHINA 20 399 Apr 26, 2020 04:18PM  
The History Book ...: MAO ZEDONG 25 456 May 23, 2020 09:00PM  
The History Book ...: CHINA 163 470 May 28, 2020 01:02PM  
Never too Late to...: Latest Addition to your Library 441 231 Jun 03, 2020 06:56AM  


Is this you? Let us know. If not, help out and invite Frank to Goodreads.