Everyday Life in Mao’s China
Le site Everyday Life in Mao’s China collecte des images (photographies, vidéos, peintures) rendant compte de la vie quotidienne en Chine entre les années 30 et les années 80. L’éditeur du site, l’historien Covell Meyskens, a volontairement choisi d’élargir les limites de la période traitée afin de rendre compte de la transition de la Chine vers et hors du socialisme.
La recherche sur le site s’effectue de deux façons : soit au moyen de la barre de recherche, soit en déroulant le menu “Categories”, qui est une liste de mots-clés. Une troisième façon est de parcourir les rubriques suivantes, qui s’affichent en haut de la page : Photographers, Artists, Writings.
Mais laissons la parole à l’éditeur :
I am an assistant professor in the department of National Security Affairs at the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. In 2015, I received my PhD in International History from the University of Chicago. I am a historian of twentieth century China with a particular interest in national security, industrialization, and revolution. My current book project is tentatively titled “Securing Maoist China: The Cold War, Late Development, and Everyday Life in the Third Front, 1964-1980.” It examines how the Chinese Communist Party industrialized inland regions in order to protect socialist China from American and Soviet threats. Other ongoing projects include the history of automobiles in twentieth century China and the social history of wartime suffering in modern China.
This website is dedicated to photos, paintings, and videos of everyday life in China from roughly the 1930s to the 1980s. I have chosen this broader time-frame in order to encompass China’s transition both into and out of socialism. I try to cover as many different aspects of life during this time period as possible. Where I can, I note the time and location. If you see any image that has an incorrect date or location, please just let me know. If you are looking for a photo from a specific time period, location, or about a particular topic, there are two ways to search the website. You can either use the search box or the categories panel on the side. Likewise, if you are searching for a painting, the easiest way to locate it is by using the search box and searching by the name of the artist or the painting. Nearly all artist names and paintings are in Chinese. In addition to photos, paintings, and videos, the website has some other historical materials, which are under the category “documents.”
- Tong Lam. Everyday Life in Mao’s China : A Q&A with historian Covell Meyskens. Los Angeles Review of Books. The China Blog, 27 January 2016. URL : http://blog.lareviewofbooks.org/chinablog/everyday-life-maos-china-qa-historian-covell-meyskens/(Consulté le 25 mars 2016)