Maurice Meisner, historian of modern China, dies at 80
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Maurice Meisner, Harvey Goldberg Professor Emeritus of History, passed away at home in Madison on Monday, Jan. 23. He was 80.
“Mauri was, for many years, an important cornerstone of our Chinese history program,” says Florencia Mallon, Julieta Kirkwood Professor and chair of the history department. “He will be missed by many colleagues and former students.”
During more than half a century of research, Meisner watched events unfold as he filed them away for future study. An idealist, his central concerns included the “path to utopia”: the tensions between an urge for transformative action and the restraints of history.
His teaching reflected these changing times, covering the reign of Mao Zedong, China’s admission to the United Nations, “ping-pong diplomacy,” the Tiananmen Square demonstrations and China’s rise to industrial might. The field experienced a surge of interest after President Nixon’s visit to China in 1971. Meisner responded by building a major graduate program in Chinese history, emphasizing training in intellectual history….READ MORE