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Vortrag Prof. Michael Schoenhals (Lund Univ., Sweden): „Are they reading our mail? – Postüberwachung in the early People’s Republic of China“
7. June 2017, 18:00 - 20:00
On the basis of Chinese archival records, this presentation describes and critically assesses – including from a global, comparative perspective – covert postal inspection as conducted by state security organs in Mao Zedong’s China (1949–1976). According to an early classified directive, postal inspection and monitoring was to “pay attention to the imperialist countries as well as conduct spot checks of the domestic correspondence of targets.” What ensued in the technically primitive conditions prevailing was, for many years, a…