The Lost Generation

The Rustification of Chinese Youth (1968–1980)

Michel Bonnin. Translated from French by Krystyna Horko

The Chinese University Press

The Lost Generation

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Pub Date: October 2013

ISBN: 9789629964818

400 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $55.00

The Lost Generation

The Rustification of Chinese Youth (1968–1980)

Michel Bonnin. Translated from French by Krystyna Horko

The Chinese University Press

The Lost Generation is a vital component to an understanding of Maoism. Bonnin provides a comprehensive account of the critical movement during which seventeen million young "educated" city dwellers were supposed to transform themselves into peasants, potentially for life. Bonnin closely examines the Chinese leadership's motivations and the methods that it used over time to implement its objectives, as well as the day-to-day lives of those young people in the countryside, their difficulties, their doubts, their resistance, and, ultimately, their revolt. The author draws on a rich and diverse array of sources, concluding with a comprehensive assessment of the movement that shaped an entire generation, including a majority of today's cultural, economic, and political elite.
Highly impressive. His book will become the standard reference on the rustication movement... Essential. CHOICE
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About the Author

Michel Bonnin is a professor at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. From 1991 to 1998 he was the director of the French Research Centeron Contemporary China and editor in chief of China Perspectives, both of which he founded in Hong Kong. His primary areas of research are the social and political issues in the People's Republic of China. Bonnin has written extensively on the rustication movement of educated urban youth during the Maoist period.