|Born||1961 (age 54–55)
Stein, Limburg, Netherlands
|Alma mater||University of Geneva
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
|Notable work||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. He is best known as the author of Mao's Great Famine, which won the 2011 Samuel Johnson Prize. Dikötter is chair professor of humanities at the University of Hong Kong, where he teaches courses on both Mao Zedong and the Great Chinese Famine. He was formerly a professor of the modern history of China from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.
Dikötter argued the impact of prohibition of opium on the Chinese people led to greater harm than the effects of the drug itself in Narcotic Culture and Patient Zero. This was well received by academics, with Chinese historian Rana Mitter noting:
The authors provide a comprehensive and powerful account of drug consumption in China.
Chinese academic William Jankowiak, writing in academic journal The Historian stated that:
This is a terrific book. It is an important correction to the China field's, and almost everyone else's, interpretation of opium's impact on Chinese society. The book is clearly written as well as insightful, and it offers a profound conclusion.
He called for the rehabilitation of the history of Republican China between 1912 and 1949 in The Age of Openness. His most recent books Mao's Great Famine and The Tragedy of Liberation deal with the early years of the People's Republic of China and specifically the terror and famine associated with it.
List of works
- 1992: The Discourse of Race in Modern China
- 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 Communist Revolution, 1945–1957
- 2011: Samuel Johnson Prize for Mao's Great Famine
- "Mao's Great Famine wins Samuel Johnson Prize". BBC. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
- "Professor Frank Dikötter". University of Hong Kong. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
- Pankaj Mishra (20 December 2010). "Staying Power: Mao and the Maoists". The New Yorker.
- "Narcotic Culture | History Today". www.historytoday.com. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
- "Narcotic Culture: A History of Drugs in China.(Book review) - The Historian | HighBeam Research". www.highbeam.com. Retrieved 2016-01-30.
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