HKIHSS Webinar (Oct 29): Covell Meyskens - Mao's Third Front: The Militarization of Cold War China

Terrie Ip's picture

Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Chinese Business History Webinar

Mao's Third Front: The Militarization of Cold War China

Dr. Covell Meyskens
Naval Postgraduate School

Date and Time: October 29, 2021 (Friday), 9:00-10:00 am (HKT)
Register now:

In 1964, the Chinese Communist Party made a momentous policy decision. In response to rising tensions with the United States and Soviet Union, a top-secret massive military industrial complex in the mountains of inland China was built, which the Chinese Communist Party hoped to keep hidden from enemy bombers. Mao named this the Third Front. The Third Front received more government investment than any other developmental initiative of the Mao era, and yet this huge industrial war machine, which saw the mobilization of fifteen million people, was not officially acknowledged for over a decade and a half. Drawing on a rich collection of archival documents, memoirs, and oral interviews, Mao's Third Front provides the first history of the Third Front campaign. It shows how the militarization of Chinese industrialization linked millions of everyday lives to the global Cold War, merging global geopolitics with local change.

About the Speaker
Covell Meyskens is Assistant Professor of Chinese History in the National Security Affairs Department at the Naval Postgraduate School. He works on capitalist and anti-capitalist development in modern China, especially as they relate to big infrastructure projects. His new book project, The Three Gorges Dam: Building a Hydraulic Engine for China, analyzes state-led efforts to transform China’s Three Gorges region into a hydraulic engine to power national development in the twentieth century.

About the Webinar Series 
This monthly webinar series features the newest research on the history of Chinese business and entrepreneurship. If you have any questions about this webinar series, would be interested in giving a talk, or would like to be removed from this mailing list, please contact Dr. Ghassan Moazzin ( 
We look forward to seeing you. 
Drs. John D. Wong and Ghassan Moazzin
Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong
Connect with us on: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Youtube