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Roderick MacFarquhar speaker

Roderick MacFarquhar

Cambridge, USA

One of the West's foremost scholars on modern China

Leroy B. Williams Professor of History and Political Science, Harvard University

Founding Editor, The China Quarterly

Roderick MacFarquhar is considered by many to be the West’s pre-eminent scholar of Chinese politics, from the founding of the People’s Republic through the Cultural Revolution. He is the Leroy B. Williams Professor of History and Political Science, and formerly Director of the John King Fairbank Center for East Asian Research at Harvard University.

He has written 13 books on modern China, including: “The Hundred Flowers Campaign and the Chinese Intellectuals”; “The Sino-Soviet Dispute”; “China under Mao: Politics Takes Command”; “Sino-American Relations, 1949-1971”; “The Secret Speeches of Chairman Mao”; the final two volumes of the “Cambridge History of China” (edited with the late John Fairbank); “The Politics of China 2nd Ed: The Eras of Mao and Deng”; and a trilogy, “The Origins of the Cultural Revolution”.

Roderick was the founding editor of The China Quarterly, and has been a fellow at Columbia University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Royal Institute for International Affairs. In previous personae, he has been a journalist, a TV commentator, and a Member of British Parliament.

His most recent, jointly-authored book on the Cultural Revolution entitled “Mao’s Last Revolution”, was published by the Belknap Press of Harvard University Press in 2006.

Our Comment

"Few speak or write on China with the authority of Roderick MacFarquhar; he has an unparalleled understanding of the transition between traditional China and a modernising China, and offers invaluable insights on what to expect from the country's new generation of leaders."

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