Alexandr Jurkevič: The Image of Mao Zedong in Two New Publications of the Russian Sinologist A. V. Pancov


In: Jahrbuch für Historische Kommunismusforschung 2009. Berlin: Aufbau-Verlag, S. 77–88

The author presents two new books by the sinologist A. V. Pancov: a biography of Mao Zedong and a newly annotated version of Zedong’s autobiography, which was the work of Edgar Snow in the 1930s. Pancov’s biography sketches a sophisticated picture of Mao’s life. He describes his path to becoming a political leader, with all its paradoxes. Mao experienced deep feelings – he suffered many breakdowns – and at the same time he was cold, calculating and determined to stop at nothing. Mao Zedong’s autobiography, written by Edgar Snow, is based on stories told by Mao, and additionally contains extracts from his speeches, conversations and poems. In the original edition there were many errors, which Pancov now corrects. They arose from the fact that Mao talked in his native idiom and it was hard for Snow to understand names and places correctly. Furthermore the book should be a “report for the strangers” and Mao wanted to appear in a favourable light. Together the two books create in their diversity a detailed picture of Mao Zedong.

Über den Autor

Alexandr Jurkevič, geb. 1952 in Moskau. 1975 Studienabschluss am Militärinstitut für Fremdsprachen, Moskau, 1975–1980 Armeeoffizier in der Mongolei, anschließend bis 1986 Verlagslektor. 1986–2003 wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut fur Fernoststudien (IFES) der Russischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (RAS) in Moskau, 2000 Promotion („Der Aufbau des militärischen Erziehungssystems der Guomindang, 1924–Anfang 1926“). 2003–2005 stellvertretender Vorsitzender der Abteilung für Weltgeschichte der Universität der Völkerfreundschaft (PFUR), Moskau. Seit 2005 außerordentlicher Professor für Philosophiegeschichte an der PFUR. Forschungsschwerpunkte: neuere politische und militärische Geschichte Chinas; ideologische und weltanschauliche Grundlagen der chinesischen Kultur. Mehr als 60 wissenschaftliche Veröffentlichungen.