Chapter 6. China’s Road to Revival

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This chapter analyses how China&#8217;s propaganda specialists have used popular entertainment to frame China&#8217;s historiography. By examining two recent propaganda products, the TV documentary <i>Road to Revival</i> and the multi-media opera of the same name, we explore how the Party and state deploy a range of visual and verbal tropes to re-write revolutionary history and adapt it to modern 21st-century China. Through a critical decoding of the multi-modal discourse within the two <i>Road to Revival</i> media products, we show how revolutionary periods in modern Chinese history are re-worked in order to justify the CCP as China&#8217;s ruling Party, and how this effort creates a restrictive albeit legitimizing discursive framework within which future Chinese leaders will have to negotiate political action. Keywords: TV documentary; Road to Revival; representing history


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