30 November, 2020

Rana Mitter

The Smart Historian - 43 years | Oxford

Rana Mitter

At age 43, Rana Mitter is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading scholars on modern China, having authored several criti­cally acclaimed books on the country’s history, culture and society. In fact, his book A Bitter Revolution: China’s struggle with the modern world won a number of awards and was named a “must-read” on China by the Foreign Affairs journal. A professor at only age 38, he teaches history and politics of modern China at Oxford University. Last year, he was nominated as the director of the institution’s prestigious China Centre—an assignment that he takes up in August.

Son of academic parents from Calcutta, both of whom left the city for further studies and subsequent careers at Oxford, Rana’s fascination for China began at an early age. As a young boy, Chinese to him seemed to be the “most unusual language” he could imagine. It was that curiosity which led him to study the language at university. “When I started studying Chinese more than 20 years back, it was Japan...



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