Frank Dikötter

Frank Dikötter

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Biography

Frank Dikötter has been Chair Professor of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong since 2006. Before coming to Hong Kong he was Professor of the Modern History of China at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has published a dozen books that have changed the way historians view modern China, from the classic The Discourse of Race in Modern China (1992) to China before Mao: The Age of Openness (2007). He is best known as the author of the People’s Trilogy, a series of books that document the impact of communism on the lives of ordinary people in China on the basis of new archival material. The first volume, entitled Mao’s Great Famine, won the 2011 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, Britain’s most prestigious book award for non-fiction. The second instalment, The Tragedy of Liberation, was short-listed for the Orwell Prize in 2014. The Cultural Revolution concludes the trilogy and was short-listed for the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize in 2017. He holds an honorary doctorate from Leiden University and is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.

馮客是香港大學人文學院的首席教授。他曾是倫敦大學亞非學院的中國現代史教授。他著有十二本影響歷史學家對新中國評價的出版書籍,包括最經典的《近代中國的種族話語(1992)》和在《毛澤東之前對中國的開放時代(2007)》。他最著名的作品《人民三部曲》系列運用新發掘的材料,探討共產主義對中國人民生活的影響。這一系列的第一本書《毛澤東的大饑荒》贏得了2011年英國最負盛名的非小說類寫作獎的巴美列·捷福獎。這系列的第二集《解放的悲劇》在2014年上榜奧威爾獎。這系列的最後一冊《文化大革命》登榜2017年的PEN Hessell-Tiltman獎。他擁有萊頓大學的榮譽博士學位,是胡佛研究所的高級研究員。

 

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