East Asia by the Book! Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago Author Talks featuring Professor Covell Meyskens

Megumi Kim's picture
February 11, 2021
Illinois, United States
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies

Please join the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago (CEAS) for their East Asia by the Book! CEAS Author Talks featuring Professor Covell Meyskens, Assistant Professor of Chinese History in the National Security Affairs Department at the Naval Postgraduate School, next Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. (Central Standard Time).

Professor Meyskens will be speaking about his book, Mao's Third Front: The Militarization of Cold War China. In 1964, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) 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 CCP 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, Professor Meyskens shows how the militarization of Chinese industrialization linked millions of everyday lives to the global Cold War, merging global geopolitics with local change.

Professor Koji Hirata, Lecturer of Modern History at Monash University will be the discussant.

To register for this event, please click the Zoom link HERE.

This event is sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago, the Seminary Co-op Bookstores, and the Committee on Southern Asian Studies. Initiated in 2016, this annual series showcases CEAS faculty, alumni, and special guests who provide author talks and book launches as a way to engage the broader community in conversations regarding key scholarship on East Asia.

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Megumi Kim, Center Administrator

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