The Party does frustrate both historians and armchair historians by deleting great stuff from websites such as that of the fine historical journal Yanhuang Chunqiu.
Yanhuang Chunqiu is up now at http://www.yhcqw.com/ Sad to say, some of the most interesting articles on modern Chinese history have been deleted.
If only Francois Villon had had the Internet 500 years ago, he might have asked the question that devastates historians and amateurs alike — “Oh but where are the web postings of yesteryear?” instead of what he did say — “where are the snows of yesteryear?” (Mais où sont les neiges d’antan! (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballade_des_dames_du_temps_jadis )
Fortunately, if Francois were with us today he would have help.
Sadly for the Party’s noble efforts to protect clean livin’ and clean thinkin’ in China, I got this response: “http://www.yhcqw.com/ Saved 437 times between July 23, 2008 and March 15, 2015. ” with links to copies of earlier versions of the website.
See for yourself at http://web.archive.org/web/20150101000000*/http://www.yhcqw.com/
Here is what the Wikipedia has to say about Yanhuang Chunqiu:
Yanhuang Chunqiu (Chinese: 炎黄春秋; pinyin: Yánhuáng Chūnqiū), sometimes translated as China Through the Ages, is a liberal reformist monthly journal in the People’s Republic of China, created in 1991. Its foundation was largely due to the effort of General Xiao Ke. The current publisher is Du Daozheng (杜导正).
Yanhuang Chunqiu is the liberal counterpart of the conservative website Wuyouzhixiang (Utopia) and the nationalist newspaper Global Times.
In July 2010, Yanhuang Chunqiu published a memoir by retired Politburo member Yang Rudai praising Zhao Ziyang. It marked a rare break of the long-standing taboo in China against mentioning the former leader since he was ousted after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. In January 2013, Yanhuang Chunqiu ’s website was temporarily shutdown by the Chinese government after it published an editorial urging the implementation of constitutional rights.