Roderick MacFarquhar, "Stuart Schram and the Study of Chinese Politics"


Monday, April 22, 2013, 5:30pm

Location: CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium (S010), 1730 Cambridge Street, Harvard University

This will be a special session of the New England China Seminar dedicated to the memory of Stuart Schram.

Stuart Schram and the Study of Chinese Politics
Roderick MacFarquhar, Harvard University

Much of Stuart Schram's research into Chinese politics focused on Chairman Mao. How valid was that approach? What were its strengths and weaknesses?

Mao Zedong looms large over the history of the 20th century China, and no Western scholar devoted more of his scholarly life to the study of Mao and his thought than the late Professor Stuart Schram. He wrote a widely-acclaimed biography of Mao, and when Schram died in July last year, he had published seven volumes of translations of Mao’s pre-PRC works. Almost 40 years after Mao’s death, we have much new Chinese material about him, and Schram was aware of much of this material. To what extent does this material validate Schram’s conclusions, and how did it affect his own appraisal of the Chairman?

Roderick MacFarquhar is the Leroy B. Williams Research Professor of History and Political Science. His publications include The Hundred Flowers Campaign and the Chinese Intellectuals (1966); The Sino-Soviet Dispute, Sino-American Relations, 1949-1971; The Secret Speeches of Chairman Mao (1989); two volumes of The Cambridge History of China (1987, 1991); a trilogy, The Origins of the Cultural Revolution (1974, 1989, 1999); and the jointly-authored Mao's Last Revolution (2006). He was the founding editor of The China Quarterly.  At Harvard, he has been chair of the government department and director of the Fairbank Center. In previous personae, he was a print journalist, a TV commentator, and an MP in Britain. His most recent publication is the third edition of The Politics of China: Sixty Years of The People's Republic of China (2011)

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6:45 pm Dinner Option

We welcome participants who wish to attend both sessions of the New England China Seminar to join colleagues for a buffet dinner at 6:45-7:45 pm, in Room S030. The dinner cost is $15 per person ($10 for students). Due to space limitations, we will accept 30 reservations on a first come first serve basis. Advance reservation and payment is required. Please register before 5:00 pm on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, by clicking here.