For this talk about Modern China, we welcome Rana Mitter, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China in Oxford, fellow of St. Cross College, and author of Oxford University Press' Very Short Introduction to Modern China. Mitter discusses a country that seems to be full of contradictions: a peasant society with some of the world's most futuristic cities, heir to an ancient civilization that is still trying to find a modern identity. He offers an entry to understanding the world's most populous nation, giving an integrated picture of modern Chinese society, culture, economy, politics, and art.
Prof. Mitter is University Lecturer in the History and Politics of Modern China at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St Cross College. He is the author of The Manchurian Myth: Nationalism, Resistance and Collaboration in Modern China, and A Bitter Revolution: China's Struggle with the Modern World, for which he won the title Times Higher Young Academic Author of the Year 2005.
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