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Club Lunch: How To Be A Dictator

LUNCH TALK
How To Be A Dictator
 

SPEAKER
Frank Dikötter
Chair Professor of Humanities, University of Hong Kong
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
12:30pm for 12:45pm – Lunch
1:10pm – Address
1st Floor
 

What does it take to become a dictator? Modern day leaders with authoritarian tendencies –Vladimir Putin, Rodrigo Duterte, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Xi Jinping, Jair Bolsonaro, even Donald Trump – survive in power by creating and sustaining a cult of personality. In this, they have antecedents in the great dictators of the 20th Century. Author and historian, Frank Dikötter, best known for his China book series, The People’s Trilogy, which includes the prize-winning book, Mao’s Great Famine, has written a timely new book, How To Be A Dictator. In it, Dikötter traces the rise to power and the personality cults of eight of the century’s most notorious tyrants, including Hitler, Stalin, Mao, “Baby Doc” Duvalier and Mengistu of Ethiopia. He will discuss how the methods of these historical dictators are relevant to today’s strongmen and those he terms modern day “non-democrats”.
Frank Dikötter, originally from the Netherlands, has been Chair Professor of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong since 2006. He is the author of a dozen books on China, including The People’s Trilogy, a series of books that document the impact of communism on the lives of ordinary Chinese people, based largely on new archival material. The first volume, entitled Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, won the 2011 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, Britain’s most prestigious book award for non-fiction.

 

Club Lunch
Speaker: Frank Dikötter
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
12:30pm
Dining Room and Verandah
Menu
Caesar Salad with Garlic Toast
Cream of Mushroom
Glazed Pork Loin with Honey & Black Pepper
Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli and Baked Tomato Wedge
OR
Pan-fried Snapper Fillet with Citrus Butter Sauce
Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli and Baked Tomato Wedge
Bread and Butter Pudding with Vanilla Sauce
Coffee or Tea
Vegetarian Menu
Green Salad with Avocado, Lemon & Olive Oil Vinaigrette
Cream of Mushroom
Impossible Meat Tikka Kebab with Salad
Red Onion Rings, Lemon Wedge, Corianders, Pulao Rice and Mint Sauce
Bread and Butter Pudding with Vanilla Sauce
Coffee or Tea
*Please inform us if you have any food allergies or intolerances

 

Speaker: Frank Dikötter,Chair Professor of Humanities, University of Hong Kong