The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University

About the project

This website is the brainchild of a transient relationship between the historical imagination and a fickle technology. Originally conceived at the end of the twentieth century as a book, it was (as such) stillborn. In its present virtual form, it still lacks a sharply defined spine and its intellectual substance is endlessly mutating – an idea not busy being born is busy dying. Under sources, visitors will find (in PDF or JPEG format and with commentary) original material that is contemporary to the events being examined. Resources provides students and fellow historians with an annotated, illustrated (and admittedly somewhat idiosyncratic) “inventory of leads” to information, broadly conceived, on the social history of China, 1949–1979. Precisely where visitors are to be taken when they click on research, finally, has not yet been decided. That research takes a long time is no less true now than it was already a long time ago.

Funding for the website has been generously provided by Carl Fredrik Lyngby’s Bequest in Support of Scientific Research in the Field of Sinology, the Société Royale des Lettres de Lund, and Lund University’s Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology.

Michael Schoenhals