Febr. 11: Aristotle, Shakespeare & Dickens in China


The Birth of Venus – WA Bouguereau (hypothetical censored version)


On 11 February, 1978,  China lifted a ban on works by Aristotle, William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens: the end of censorship was foreshadowing other important reforms.

The Cultural Revolution,  started In 1966 by Mao Tse Tung  (the leader of the People’s Republic of China),  had been aimed at restoring  communist revolutionary fervour and vigour to Chinese society. This had also entailed  banning any cultural work without the required ideological content.

In October 1976, the Cultural Revolution was officially declared concluded, and the subsequent announcement of the end of the ban on the works of William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Aristotle  was clear evidence of the desire to open to Western culture.






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