Originally from Hawaii, Brian DeMare now lives in the historic Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. An associate professor at Tulane University, he teaches the long course of Chinese history from Peking Man to the rise of Xi Jinping. His first book, Mao’s Cultural Army (Cambridge University Press 2015), explored the political uses of Communist Party dramatic propaganda from the 1930s to the 1950s. Land Wars, his second book, will be published by Stanford University Press in 2019. His latest research project focuses on crime and punishment in rural China during the very first years of the People’s Republic of China.
The Maoist land reform campaigns were an integral element in the Chinese Communist Party’s rise and subsequent ability to maintain power. In Land Wars: The Story of China’s Agrarian Revolution (Stanford University Press 2019), Brian DeMare weaves together historical and narrative accounts, providing a detailed picture of how the land reforms shaped the lives of […]