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The 3rd “China and The Middle East” Conference June 7-8, 2017 Shanghai University



The 3rd “China and The Middle East” Conference


From Asia to the Middle East: Asianization of the Middle East with

Economic Characteristics?




Conference Venue: No. 149, Yanchang Road, North Building, Shanghai University

(Yanchang Campus)

Re: Debates about the position of Chairman of the PRC in the 1950s and 1960s

Hi Andrea!
The answer to your “more specific question” is complicated. I suspect the 《宣教动态》put out by the CCP Central Propaganda Department may contain a record of what the reactions were. Also, you should try to find 《公安工作简报》No. 14 (18 December 1958), pp. 2–5, which contains a report entitled 《关于毛主席不作下届中华人民共和国主席候选人的决定传达后一部份资产阶级分子、高级知识分子的反映,以及少数地富反坏右分子的动态》that is likely to have documented how some social strata reacted.

More Plain Words: On Toxins, Diaries and Safe Houses as Data

Back in 1994, I read a wonderful book (to which Tim Cheek had drawn my attention), an anthology edited by Robin W. Winks entitled The Historian as Detective: Essays on Evidence (Harper Torchbooks, 1968). I realize that the judicious study of evidence has since come to be seen as rather ”old school” or ”retro” and that facts no longer carry quite the same weight as does, for example, faith. But anyway, I was reminded of Winks and his book when I stumbled across the following explanation, in a Chinese document from 1950, of what the term 材料 may refer to:

Re: Published source collections

Searching by following words, such as "重要文件汇编"/"重要文件选编"/"重要文献选编" or just "文件汇编"/"文件选编"/"文献选编", at National Digital Library of China, you will see many relevant results.

I'd like to recommend five selections for you to purchase : 《当代山西重要文献选編(1949-1966)》,《中国共产党黑龙江省委员会重要文件汇编(1949-1966)》,《中国共产党在广西档案选编(1950-1965)》,《中共武汉市委文件选编(1949-1966)》,《中共贵阳市历史文献选编》(1949-1978).

Re: Published source collections

I have found many “published collections of PRC documents” appearing in China over the years to be comprehensive, well edited, and useful. The high tide for producing such collections relating to the history of the state (as distinct from the CCP) seems now to have passed. What I know happened in the 1980s and 1990s is that older cadres who would/could not be retired and may have been with the same organization since, say, its creation in 1949 or the early 1950s were moved sideways within their respective work units and invited to head up documentation projects.

Re: Published source collections

Hi, Covell:

I would suggest that you and your library look into the possibility of acquiring the Database on Contemporary Chinese Political Campaigns edited by Song Yongyi 宋永毅 and others and published by the Chinese University of Hong Kong. It's a rich source of materials, published and unpublished, related to, among others, the Anti-Rightists, Great Leap Forward, and Cultural Revolution campaigns.

Re: Published source collections

For grassroots materials: 中国当代民间史料集刊, edited by 华东师范大学中国当代史研究中心.

For central and provincial documents on the economy: 中华人民共和国经济档案资料选编, with vols on planning, revenue, trade, industry, agriculture, etc.

For important political decisions: 中共中央文件选集.


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