Nicolai Volland: Zhao Ziyang’s Virtual Book Shelf
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What do Chinese leaders read? From which sources did Zhao Ziyang receive information on developments in the outside world while under house arrest between 1989 and 2005?
In January 2005, an article signed “Mo Zhixu” Ëé´‰πãË®± appeared on the homepage of Chinese Blogger An Ti ÂÆâÊõø with the title “Ziyang’s book shelf” Á¥´ÈôΩÁöÑÊõ∏Ê´É. The author had been among the guests paying their tributes to Zhao Ziyang’s family, and had used a few minutes while waiting in the Zhao mansion to look at the deceased leader’s book shelves. In the article he reports those titles he could still recall after the ceremony. They provide a rare and valuable insight into the sources of information used by Zhao during his house arrest, and by PRC politicians in general.
The Digital Archive of Chinese Studies has tracked down the texts mentioned by “Mo Zhixu,” downloaded them wherever possible, and has tried to find information on the titles and their authors, many of whom are virtually unknown in the West.
Thanks to Dr. Rudolf G. Wagner for this link.