Frank Dikötter

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Frank Dikötter
Born1961 (age 57–58)[1]
Stein, Limburg, Netherlands
Alma materUniversity of Geneva
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Occupationhistorian, professor
Notable work
Mao's Great Famine
Awards2011: Samuel Johnson Prize

Frank Dikötter (/dˈkʌtər/; Chinese: 馮客; pinyin: Féng Kè) is a Dutch historian who specialises in modern China.


Frank Dikötter is the author of the People's Trilogy, a series of 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, entitled Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe,[3] won the 2011 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, Britain's most prestigious book award for non-fiction.[2] The second instalment, The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution, 1945-1957, was short-listed for the Orwell Prize in 2014. The Cultural Revolution: A People’s History, 1962-1976 concludes the trilogy and was short-li and for the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize in 2017. Frank has been Chair Professor of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong since 2006. Before coming 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.


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