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Historian's new Mao book turns acclaim to censure

Yang Jisheng's (above) 1,151-page book The World Turned Upside Down is the latest shot fired in China's war over remembering, or forgetting, the dark side of its Communist past.


IT seemed that China's censors had finally muzzled Yang Jisheng, the famed chronicler of the Mao era. Last year, he had finished writing a widely anticipated history of the Cultural Revolution. But officials warned him against publishing it and barred him from travelling to the...

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