The Department of History does more than just academic work. We also actively engage with our wider community in Hong Kong and beyond. Through our research and public engagement, we endeavor to bring to the broader community the importance and relevancy of to the everyday concerns of people and society, and to inform and empower the community.
Below are some of our projects:
The People's Trilogy: A New Approach to the
Mao Era (1949-1976)
Professor Frank Dikötter's project constitutes a research effort unmatched in both the quantity and the quality of the archival evidence, the resulting three books - The Cultural Revolution: A People's History, 1962-1976 (2016), The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution, 1945-1957 (2013), and Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-1962 (2010) - have shifted the ways in which both academic and lay readers view the Mao era (1949-1976) by providing, for the first time, systematic and profuse evidence drawn from dozens of party and overseas archives in the PRC to illustrate the impact of communism on ordinary people.
The Great Kantō Earthquake and a
New Understanding of Responses to Natural Disasters
Professor Charles Schencking's research has revolutionized the understanding of how the Japanese have experienced, responded to, and recovered from catastrophic natural disasters over the past 100 years. Apart from book and journal articles – traditional research outputs that speak to academics and journalists, this Project also gave birth to an interactive website including a publicly accessible image and map archive, a museum exhibition, a Discovery Channel TV documentary, and keynote speeches, introducing to millions of public how the Japanese have interpreted, constructed, and learned from natural calamities and become world leaders in disaster response, recovery, and resilience.