Rana Mitter is Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China and Director of the University China Centre at the University of Oxford. His work focuses on the emergence of nationalism in modern China, both in the early twentieth century and in the present era. He is the author of several books, including Modern China: A Very Short Introduction, A Bitter Revolution: China’s Struggle with the Modern World and the award-winning China’s War with Japan, 1937-45: The Struggle for Survival.
Rana regularly presents and contributes to programmes on television and radio, commenting on contemporary Chinese politics and society. He is a Fellow of the British Academy. He recently presented the series ‘Chinese Characters’ on BBC Radio 4, looking at twenty lives that illustrate the range and complexity of China from the earliest times to the late twentieth century. His reviews and essays have appeared in newspapers including the Financial Times, International New York Times, The Guardian, and the Telegraph. He is currently advising IWM's Second World War exhibition team on how best to source material on and present the story of China in that display.
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