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In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we are joined by Katie Stallard, Wilson Center Global Fellow and Senior Editor for China and Global Affairs at the New Statesman.  She discusses her new book, Dancing on Bones: History and Power in China, Russia and North Korea. The book examines how autocrats use history and propaganda to maintain power and argues that, “if we want to understand where these three nuclear powers are heading, we must understand the stories they are telling their citizens about the past.”

For more about the book, check out this Books at Wilson event, Dancing on Bones: History and Power in China, Russia and North Korea, featuring author Katie Stallard in conversation with Kissinger Institute on China and the United States director Robert Daly.  

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Dancing on Bones: History and Power in China, Russia and North Korea

History didn't end. Democracy didn't triumph. America's leading role in the world is no longer assured. Instead, autocrats and populist strongmen are on the rise, and the global order established after 1945 is under attack. This is the phenomenon Katie Stallard tackles in Dancing on Bones, as she examines how the leaders of China, Russia, and North Korea manipulate the past to serve the present and secure the future of authoritarian rule.


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