|Born||30 November 1961|
Stein, Limburg, Netherlands
|Alma mater||University of Geneva|
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
|Mao's Great Famine|
|Awards||2011: Samuel Johnson Prize|
Frank Dikötter (//; Chinese: 馮客; pinyin: Féng Kè) is a Dutch historian who specialises in modern China. Dikötter has been Chair Professor of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong since 2006. Before relocating to Hong Kong, he was Professor of the Modern History of China at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.
Frank Dikötter is the author of The People's Trilogy, three books that document the impact of communism on the lives of ordinary people in China on the basis of new archival material. The first volume, titled Mao's Great Famine, won the 2011 Samuel Johnson Prize (now called the Baillie Gifford Prize) for Non-Fiction, Britain's most prestigious book award for non-fiction, in 2010. The second installment, The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution, 1945-1957, was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2014. The Cultural Revolution: A People’s History, 1962-1976 concludes the trilogy and was shortlisted for the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize in 2017.
List of works
- 1992: The Discourse of Race in Modern China - Digital edition
- 1995: Sex, Culture and Modernity in China: Medical Science and the Construction of Sexual Identities in the Early Republican Period
- 1997: The Construction of Racial Identities in China and Japan
- 1998: Imperfect Conceptions: Medical Knowledge, Birth Defects and Eugenics in China
- 2002: Crime, Punishment and the Prison in Modern China
- 2003: Patient Zero: China and the Myth of the Opium Plague
- 2004: Narcotic Culture: A History of Drugs in China
- 2007: Exotic Commodities: Modern Objects and Everyday Life in China
- 2008: The Age of Openness: China Before Mao
- 2010: Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958–62
- 2013: The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution, 1945–1957
- 2016: The Cultural Revolution: A People's History, 1962–1976
- 2019: How to Be a Dictator: The Cult of Personality in the Twentieth Century
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- "The Baillie Gifford Prize Backlist | The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction". thebailliegiffordprize.co.uk. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
- Lea, Richard (30 November 2015). "Goodbye Samuel Johnson, hello Baillie Gifford: top non-fiction prize gets new sponsor – and new name". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
- "This Boy". The Orwell Prize. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
- "'Satisfying' PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize shortlist revealed | The Bookseller". thebookseller.com. Retrieved 2 September 2019.