Anti-Confucian Propaganda in Mao’s China

May 28, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Join us for an exhibit opening talk by Matthew Wills, a doctoral candidate in the Department of History, who will discuss his compelling collection of documents reflecting a 1970s campaign to reinforce the power of political elites and affirm the absolute correctness of Maoist socialism. Some of these materials are no longer available in China. Part of his collection is currently on display in Geisel West, 2nd Floor near Special Collections & Archives.

During the talk, Matt will address how the propaganda state operated on a day-to-day basis and the limits of its power. How were these items made? Where did the materials and the technology come from? What happened when printers ran out of paper? This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Matt’s collection won first place this year in the inaugural California Young Book Collectors competition sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America, with cash prizes provided by the Book Club of California and the Bibliographical Society of America. The collection has approximately 700 unique items, including editions in different languages, comic books and five volumes printed in Braille.

Photo Credit: Matthew Wills