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Why Yan’an? Origins of China's Communist Revolution
Yan’an is now revered as China’s “revolutionary holy land” and the heart of the Chinese Communist Party's rise to power. This talk will explore the origins of the Communist revolution in China and the forces that led to Mao Zedong's ascent. The product of 30 years of archival and documentary research and numerous fieldwork trips to the region, the book “Accidental Holy Land: The Communist Revolution in Northwest China” on which this talk is based examines the complex relationship between local, national and international conditions, the role of “accidental” factors in history and, most fundamentally, the process whereby the Chinese Communist Party came to power.

• Joseph W. Esherick, Emeritus Professor of History, UC San Diego
• Paul Pickowicz, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History and Chinese Studies, UC San Diego
This webinar series is organized by the 21st Century China Center at the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy. For more information on China activities, as well as recordings of previous webinars, please visit china.ucsd.edu.

Nov 3, 2022 05:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Joseph W. Esherick
Emeritus Professor of History @UC San Diego
Joseph Esherick is Emeritus Professor of History at UC San Diego. He is the author or editor of numerous books on modern China, including “The Origins of the Boxer Uprising” (1987), “Ancestral Leaves: A Family Journey Through Chinese History” (2011) and, most recently, “Accidental Holy Land: The Communist Revolution in Northwest China,” which was published by University of California Press in 2022. In 2021, he received an award for "Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Studies from the World Forum on China Studies. Check out the center’s website for a Chinese profile of Esherick and his work.