The Lost Generation: The Rustification of Chinese Youth (1968--1980)
- by Michel Bonnin -
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Publisher: The Chinese University Press
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9629964813
ISBN-13: 978-9629964818
Synopsis The Lost Generation is a vital component to an understanding of Maoism. Bonnin provides a comprehensive account of the critical movement during which seventeen million young "educated" city dwellers were supposed to transform themselves into peasants, potentially for life.


Bonnin closely examines the Chinese leadership's motivations and the methods that it used over time to implement its objectives, as well as the day-to-day lives of those young people in the countryside, their difficulties, their doubts, their resistance, and, ultimately, their revolt. The author draws on a rich and diverse array of sources, concluding with a comprehensive assessment of the movement that shaped an entire generation, including a majority of today's cultural, economic, and political elite.
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Michel Bonnin
Phil Whelan asks Michel Bonnin, Director of the Sino-French Academic Centre at Tsinghua University and also author of the book "The Lost Generation: The Rustification of Chinese Youth (1968--1980) " to tell us what is the book about and how did he manage to publish it in China.
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