Annual Lecture 2017: Rebellion and Repression in China, 1966-1969

Welcome to The Network for Asian Studies' (Asianettverket) annual lecture! This year, Andrew G. Walder from Stanford University offers new insights into the Cultural Revolution in China.

In the first four years after the onset of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, one of the largest political upheavals of the 20th century paralyzed a powerfully centralized party state, leading to a harsh regime of military control. Despite a wave of post-Mao revelations in the 1980s, knowledge about the nationwide impact of this insurgency and its suppression remains selective and impressionistic, based primarily on a handful of local histories and individual memoirs. Employing a dataset of more than 34,000 events drawn from historical narratives published in 2,243 county and city annals (97 percent of all local jurisdictions), we can trace the waves of rebellion and repression across China and assess the damage wrought by both the popular insurgency and its subsequent suppression. This macro- perspective yields some surprising new insights into the conflicts of the period, and permits us to gauge the scale and impact of the upheaval compared with analogous historical cases of political strife and state-directed repression.

After the lecture there will be a reception in the cafeteria at Senter for uvikling og miljø (SUM). Patricipation is free, but registration is mandatory for this event. Please register at the bottom of this page by Sunday 12 March.


Andrew G. Walder is the Denise O'Leary and Kent Thiry Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, and Senior Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University. Previously, he served as chair of the Department of Sociology, as director of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, and as Director of the Division of International, Comparative and Area Studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences.


His publications on China have ranged from the political and economic organization of the Mao era to changing patterns of stratification, social mobility, and political conflict in the post-Mao era. Among his several books on these topics are China under Mao: A Revolution Derailed (Harvard University Press, 2015); Fractured Rebellion: The Beijing Red Guard Movement (Harvard University Press, 2009); and The Chinese Cultural Revolution as History, edited with Joseph Esherick and Paul Pickowicz (Stanford University Press, 2006). His current research focuses on popular political mobilization in late-1960s China and the subsequent collapse and rebuilding of the Chinese party-state.


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Published Jan. 23, 2017 11:43 AM - Last modified Mar. 9, 2017 12:17 PM