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Exhibiting the Past: Historical Memory and the Politics of Museums in Postsocialist China

Kirk A. Denton


During the Mao era, China's museums served an explicit and uniform propaganda function, underlining official Party history, eulogizing revolutionary heroes, and contributing to nation building and socialist construction. With the implementation of the post-Mao modernization program in the late 1970s and 1980s and the advent of globalization and market reforms in the 1990s, China underwent a radical social and economic transformation that has led to a vastly more heterogeneous culture and polity. Yet China is dominated by a single Leninist party that continues to rely heavily on its revolutiona ... More

Keywords: Mao era, Chinese museums, propaganda, post-Mao modernization, globalization, China, revolutionary heritage, red tourism, urban planning, state museums

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780824836870
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824836870.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kirk A. Denton, author
The Ohio State University