The Maoist Legacy Database

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The Maoist Legacy Database (MLD) has been created as part of the project “The Maoist Legacy: Party Dictatorship, Transitional Justice, and the Politics of Truth,” directed by Daniel Leese at the University of Freiburg, Germany and funded by the European Research Councl (ERC)

The archive currently holds about 3,400 carefully curated items that address various aspects of how the CCP, in the aftermath of Mao’s death, dealt with past injustices. Scholarly introductions provide a starting point for exploring various facets of the available materials. Collections and exhibits showcase highlights from the archive. Translations of selected items allow access for non specialist readers. Other features include the ability to transcribe handwritten Chinese documents that have been uploaded, and a resources section that includes our Zhongfa Directory and extensive bibliography. The digital archive is an ongoing project, there are plans to release additional introductions, exhibits, and items in the coming weeks and months. This initial version is still in beta phase. Feedback from fellow researchers  is welcome in order to optimize usability and foster collaboration.

Please note that the digital reproductions of the materials in the Maoist Legacy Database are to be used only for research, scholarship, and other non-commercial educational purposes. Every user must agree to these terms and conditions upon registering for the database. For questions and feedback, please contact the project at contact[at]maoistlegacy.de.

The Maoist Legacy Database