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Borderland Memories
Searching for Historical Identity in Post-Mao China

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Part of Cambridge Studies in the History of the People's Republic of China

  • Date Published: April 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108475921

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  • In the 1980s, as China transitioned to the post-Mao era, a state-sponsored oral history project led to the publication of local, regional, and national histories. They took the form of written and transcribed personal testimonies of events that preceded the turmoil of both the Cultural Revolution and, in many cases, the Communist victory in 1949. Known as wenshi ziliao, these publications represent an intense process of historical memory production that has received little scholarly attention. Hitherto unexamined archival materials and oral histories reveal unresolved tensions in post-Cultural Revolution reconciliation and mobilization, informing negotiations between local elites and the state, and between Party and non-Party organizations. Taking the northeast Russia–Manchuria borderlands as a case study, Martin T. Fromm examines the creation of post-Mao identities, political mobilization, and knowledge production in China.

    • Examines the recovery of borderland histories and identities as central to post-Mao nation-state building
    • Traces the People's Republic of China's history across 1978 and the Cultural Revolution divides
    • Uncovers the flexible, collaborative nature of post-Mao ideology as a negotiation between party and non-party individuals and organizations
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    ‘In this prodigiously well-researched book, Martin T. Fromm traces the process of constructing an always incomplete ideological consensus in 1980s China, showing how post-Mao political discourse was the continuously negotiated product of a flexible, mediated, and in many ways collaborative effort. This is a fundamental contribution to our understanding of the Deng era.' Fabio Lanza, University of Arizona

    ‘This book provides in-depth and sophisticated analyzes of the mobilization, production, publication, and circulation of a series of published memoirs on northeastern China. Its innovative use of sources leads to a narrative that is both informative and inspiring. It will appeal to students and scholars interested in the People's Republic of China, borderland, or oral histories, as well as collective memory, identity and identification, and the legacy of colonization.' Shao Dan, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108475921
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Reconfiguring cultural production in the post-Mao transition
    2. Borderland ambiguities in narratives of modernization and liberation
    3. Relocating the nation outside the nation: forging a borderland-centered nationalist discourse
    4. The 'historical science' of Wenshi Ziliao
    5. Affective community and historical rehabilitation: 'widely making friends' to re-secure political loyalty
    6. Mobilizing a 'patriotic united front'
    7. Local, regional, and national dynamics of Wenshi Ziliao production

  • Author

    Martin T. Fromm, Worcester State University
    Martin T. Fromm is an assistant professor at Worcester State University. He is the editor of the academic journal Currents in Teaching and Learning.

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