Guoqi Xu

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Guoqi Xu is currently Professor of History at the University of Hong Kong. He received his Ph.D from Harvard University and is one of the world’s most prominent scholars in the fields of modern Chinese and international history. Professor Xu was a fellow at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University in 2008-09 and taught from 1999-2009 at Kalamazoo College (USA) as the Wen Chao Chen Chair of History and East Asian Affairs. In 2012, he was a Visiting Professor at UCD.

He is the author of Strangers on the Western Front: Chinese laborers in France during the Great War and their role in China’s search for Internationalization (Harvard University Press, 2011, Chinese edition will be forthcoming from Shanghai People’s Press); Olympic Dreams: China and Sports, 1895-2008 (Harvard University Press, 2008, chosen to be the best book of 2008 by International Society of Olympic Historians in 2009); China and the Great War: China’s Pursuit of a New National Identity and Internationalization (Cambridge, UK and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005 and 2011; Chinese edition by Sanlian Shudian, Shanghai, 2008 in its prestigious series of classics in humanities); Wenming de jiao rong: diyi ci shijie dazhan qijian de za fa huagong (Chinese Laborers in France during the First World War) (in Chinese and French editions) (Beijing: Intercontinental Press, 2007); and Meiguo waijiao zhengce shi (History of American Foreign Policy, 1775-1989) (in Chinese, co-author) (Beijing: The People’s Press, 1991).

Professor Xu is currently working on two projects: Chinese and Americans: a shared history (under contract with Harvard University Press) and Asia and the Great War (under contract with Oxford University Press). Besides academic writings, Professor Xu has also written for newspapers throughout the world and his articles have appeared in places such as the New York Times and Washington Post. He has been interviewed by the media in China, Canada, UK, India, USA and elsewhere.

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