Stephen R. Platt

Stephen R. Platt received his PhD in Chinese history at Yale and teaches Chinese history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His work has been supported by the Fulbright program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation.


Knowledgeable, zestily written and utterly surprising.Thomas Quinn
Big Issue

A refreshing and gripping account that illuminates how civil conflicts can suck in outsiders and why the West has had great difficulties in trying to maintain a facade of neutrality and protect its commercial interests at the same time... Powerful, dramatic and unforgettable.Minxin Pei
San Francisco Chronicle

A marvellous account of a largely forgotten but major event. Combines great scholarship with a driving narrative and sharp characterisation.Jonathan Fenby, author of The Penguin History of Modern China