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Sinology during the Cold War

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ISBN 9781032009742
April 1, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

This volume provides the first study of the history of Sinology (aka China Studies) as charted across other Communist states during the Cold War.

The People‚Äôs Republic of China was created in the first years of the Cold War, with its early history and foreign policy intimately bound up in that larger geopolitical fight. All the seismic changes in China‚Äôs geopolitical landscape‚ÄĒfrom its emergence and close relationship with the Soviet Union, to the Sino‚ÄďSoviet split and the eventual rapprochement with the United States‚ÄĒresulted in a great deal of interest by journalists, politicians, and scholars. Yet, although scholars across the Soviet Bloc produced an impressive body of work on a range of sinological studies, with rare exceptions most of those scholars and their work remains unknown outside their own intellectual circles. This book redresses this dearth of knowledge of sinological scholarship, providing invaluable and unique glimpses of Soviet Bloc sinologists and their work during the Cold War, including cutting-edge research on lesser-studied Communist states, such as Poland, Hungary, Mongolia and others.

International in scope, this book is ideal for scholars and researchers of Modern History, Chinese studies, Sinology, and the Cold War.

Table of Contents

THE FRAMEWORK OF SINOLOGY IN THE SOVIET BLOC by Antonina ŇĀuszczykiewicz and Michael Brose


1. Jerzy Bayer, Sinology in Poland during the Cold War Era. The Perspective of a Graduate and Practitioner


2. Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik, In Search of Modern China: The Development of Sinology in East and West Germany during the Cold War Era

3. P√©ter V√°mos, "We Are Waging a Consistent, Uncompromising Struggle Against Maoism:" Coordinated Research on Modern China in the Soviet Bloc‚ÄĒa Hungarian Perspective

4. MichaŇā Lubina, "China Fever" in Post-October Poland and Its Impact on Polish Sinology

5. Altantsetseg Noosgoi, Chinese Studies in Mongolia during the "Double Cold War"

6. Andreea Br√ģnzńÉ, Romanian Sinology during the Cold War


7. √Ād√°m R√≥ma, Mapping the Interplay between the Individual and the Structure: The Life of a Hungarian Sinologist during the Cold War

8. Xiaoqing Diana Lin, Jaroslav PrŇĮŇ°ek: Communism, Modernization, and Chinese Literary Studies during the Cold War, 1950s‚ąí1960s

9. Antonina ŇĀuszczykiewicz, Mao and Maoism in Polish Studies in the Cold War Context, 1949‚Ā†‚Äď‚Ā†1976

10. Piotr Kletowski, Enter the Dragon: Chinese Cinematography in Poland in the Cold War Era

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Michael Brose is Professor of Practice in Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University. Primary research interests include Yuan-Ming Dynasty China social history, historic and contemporary Chinese Muslim (Hui) social and economic issues, and the history of ethnic minorities in China. Secondary research interests include the Cold War in East Asia and southwest China‚Äďsoutheast Asia relations.

Antonina ŇĀuszczykiewicz is Assistant Professor at the Institute of the Middle and Far East, Jagiellonian University in Krak√≥w. She is the author of three books and a wide range of articles focusing on China‚ÄďIndia relations, the image of Indian and Chinese people in literature and film, and Cold War discourses and narratives in the Asian context.


The evolving Sino-American rivalry has opened the door for a New Cold War. This thought‚Äźprovoking collection of essays provides a glimpse into the future through the history of Soviet‚ÄźAmerican confrontations. It is a rare and invaluable contribution by experts on the former Communist Bloc. Remarkable achievement.

Patrick Mendis, distinguished visiting professor of global affairs, National Chengchi University, and former US commissioner to UNESCO „ÄÄ

This is an important, long-time overdue volume. It presents the state of Chinese studies during the Cold War era in the Socialist Bloc. Situating research on China within the specific geopolitical complexities, this collection sheds light on the contributions and limitations as well as the achievements and blind spots of the Eastern Bloc academia. This is a required reading not only for specialists in Chinese studies, but also for scholars interested in academic history at large.

Axel Schneider, vice director, Centre for Modern East Asian Studies, University of Göttingen

This is a unique study in the field of New Sinology, which engages deeply in contemporary China. In fresh and insightful perspectives, this study is supported by well-grounded research and wealth of new information from the former Soviet satellite states by sinologists and China watchers: scholars, diplomats, and journalists. Fascinating, detailed, and nuanced. Highly recommended.

Bogdan J. Góralczyk, professor and former ambassador, University of Warsaw

This book analyzes the perceptions of China from the perspective of the "dark side" of the Iron Curtain. It covers the evolution of sinology and the image of China during the Cold War. It is a must-read to understand the impact of geopolitical conflicts on academic freedom.

Adam Jelonek, director and former ambassador, Institute of the Middle and Far East, Jagiellonian University