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Frank Dikötter (/dˈkʌtər/; Chinese: 馮客; pinyin: Féng Kè) is a Dutch historian who specialises in modern China. Dikötter has been Chair Professor of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong since 2006. Before coming to Hong Kong he was Professor of the Modern History of China at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

Frank Dikötter
Born1961 (age 57–58)[1]
Stein, Limburg, Netherlands
Alma materUniversity of Geneva
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Occupationhistorian, professor
Notable work
Mao's Great Famine
Awards2011: Samuel Johnson Prize



Frank Dikötter is the author of The People's Trilogy, three books that document the impact of communism on the lives of ordinary people in China on the basis of new archival material.[2][3] The first volume entitled Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe won the 2011 Samuel Johnson Prize (now called the Baillie Gifford Prize) for Non-Fiction [4], Britain's most prestigious book award for non-fiction [5], and was positively reviewed by Lucien Bianco for the journal China Perspectives.[6] The second installment, The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution, 1945-1957, was short-listed for the Orwell Prize in 2014.[7] The Cultural Revolution: A People’s History, 1962-1976 concludes the trilogy and was short-listed for the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize in 2017.[8]


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  2. ^ "Home". Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  3. ^ "What drives Frank Dikötter, chronicler of China's insanity?". South China Morning Post. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  4. ^ "The Baillie Gifford Prize Backlist | The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction". Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  5. ^ Lea, Richard (30 November 2015). "Goodbye Samuel Johnson, hello Baillie Gifford: top non-fiction prize gets new sponsor – and new name". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  6. ^ Bianco, Lucien (30 July 2011). "Frank Dikötter, Mao's Great Famine, The History of China's most devastating catastrophe, 1958-62. Londres, Berlin, New York, Bloomsbury, 2010". China Perspectives. 2011 (2011/2): 74–75. ISSN 2070-3449.
  7. ^ "This Boy". The Orwell Prize. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  8. ^ "'Satisfying' PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize shortlist revealed | The Bookseller". Retrieved 2 September 2019.

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