Julia Lovell & Jeanne-Marie Gescher
China today: Mao's legacy

Seventy years after the founding of Communist China, Mao Zedong remains fundamental to the politics and institutions of the People’s Republic. Xi Jinping, president since 2012, has been the first ruler since Mao to rehabilitate nationally and publicly aspects of the Maoist political and cultural heritage. With disagreements and conflicts between China and the West on the rise, the need to understand the long-term impact of Mao and his ideas is urgent and growing. Join Professor Julia Lovell of Birkbeck College, London (Maoism), and Jeanne-Marie Gescher, one of the world’s leading advisors on China (Becoming China), for a conversation about how the legacies of Mao and the Mao era are very live issues for contemporary China and the world.

Introduced by David Reynolds, festival patron and Professor of International History, University of Cambridge

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