The Other Cultural Revolution: The Academic Uprising of the American China Scholar in the 1960s

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Title: The Other Cultural Revolution: The Academic Uprising of the American China Scholar in the 1960s
Author: Karnovsky, Nathan
Advisor: Krippner, James
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of History
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: This thesis explores the ways in which young American China scholars, incensed by the outrages of the Vietnam War and frustrated with the political timidity of their older professors, used the Chinese Cultural Revolution as a source of inspiration for their own scholarly revolution. In particular, it focuses on those China scholars who joined The Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars, a coalition of graduate students and young professors in East Asian Studies seeking a new, more empathetic approach to the study of Asia. Eager to identify with the Chinese masses, these scholars imagined themselves to be in league with Mao Zedong and his Red Guards, fighting against similarly bureaucratic and politically backward structures of authority at home. In telling the story of these revolutionary academics, this thesis supplements published reports with interviews and archival sources to illustrate the larger goals and motivations behind the mistranslation of such a disastrous era in modern Chinese history.
Subject: Learning and scholarship -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Subject: China -- History -- 20th century -- Historiography
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/9066

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Karnovsky, Nathan. "The Other Cultural Revolution: The Academic Uprising of the American China Scholar in the 1960s". 2012. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/9066.

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