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Marc Matten – understanding China’s present through its past

Marc Matten is Professor of Contemporary History of China at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Marc Matten’s interest in China began with a visit to a flea market in the 1990s. While still in school, he stumbled across a book by Edgar Snow, the US journalist who recorded his encounter with Mao Zedong in the world-famous bestseller “Red Star Over China”. Matten was fascinated. “A little later, when our city library was sorting out old holdings, I took everything that had to do with China.”

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