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The University of Nottingham's Taiwan Studies Programme presents an online book Launch by Graham Hutchings, Honorary Professor in the University's School of Politics and International Relations.
1949 was a critical year in the history of China, the growth of international communism and the evolution of the Cold War. It also divided the Chinese nation, creating 'two Chinas' - and leaving a legacy with which Chinese leaders and people on both sides of the Taiwan Straits, as well as those in the US, Japan and other parts of Asia must contend with today.
But China's year of revolution was about more than a shift in national and geopolitics. It affected millions of lives of Chinese people, whether they were 'winners' or 'losers', influential political or military leaders on either side or merely ordinary citizens. It was above all a human story, one of tragedy for some, of triumph for others.
In this talk, Graham Hutchings, Honorary Professor in the University's School of Politics and International Relations, will explore something of the human drama at the heart of the 1949 story, and show how the communist conquest of mainland China in that year provides a key to understanding the behaviour of the Chinese state under Xi Jinping, more than 70 years later.
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