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In Osteuropa 5-6/2015

Bamboo in the Wind
35 Years of East European Studies in China

Shaolei Feng

Deutsche Fassung


After Mao’s death, interest in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe emerged in China. The aim was to find impulses for modernising and opening up China. From the start, East European Studies stood in close proximity to politics and practicality. With the fall of communist party rule in Eastern Europe and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, China’s East European Studies lost its focal point: the reform of socialism. After a decade of political disinterest in Russia, the need for expertise on Russia is growing in China once again.

(Osteuropa 5-6/2015, pp. 169–174)