To love the country one must first know its history - the deeper the knowledge, the more eager the love

Aiguo shouxian yao zhiguo - zhi zhi yu shen, ai zhi yu qie
爱国首先要知国 - 知之愈深, 爱之愈切
To love the country one must first know its history - the deeper the knowledge, the more eager the love
1984, January
Zhejiang renmin meishu chubanshe (浙江人民美术出版社)
77x106 cm.
BG E13/489

In an attempt to provide the people with an alternative for the political slogans that had dominated popular discourse for decades, in an attempt to provide the people with an alternative for the somewhat discredited Marxism-Leninism-Mao Zedong Thought of the past, nationalism - or patriotism - was stressed very much in the 1980s.

The title of the book reads 'Modern and Contemporary History of China' (中国近代现代史 - Zhongguo jindai xiandai shi). The images of past revolutionary struggle in the background are from the Monument to the People's Heroes on Tian'anmen square in Beijing.

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