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Zhou Enlai: A Life

Date & Time

May. 20, 2024
4:00pm – 5:30pm ET


Online Only
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Chen Jian authors Zhou Enlai: A Life, the first archive-records-based and comprehensive biography in English of China’s premier for twenty-seventy years. He offers a nuanced portrait of Zhou’s dilemmas-ridden life as a revolutionary, an eminent and pragmatic statesman, a diplomatic giant, and, in the final analysis, a person with his own vision and aspiration who did much to make China, as well as the larger world, what it is today.

Chen Jian is Distinguished Global Network Professor of History at NYU Shanghai/NYU, Hu Shih Professor of History Emeritus at Cornell, and leading scholar of the Cold War and modern Chinese history. Among his many publications are Mao’s China and the Cold WarChina’s Road to the Korean WarCritical Notes on the Political History of the Chinese Cultural Revolution (in Chinese), and The Great Transformation: China’s Road from Revolution to Reform (co-authored with Odd Arne Westad).

The Washington History Seminar is co-chaired by Eric Arnesen (George Washington University) and Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson Center) and is organized jointly by the American Historical Association and the Woodrow Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program. It meets weekly during the academic year. The seminar thanks its anonymous individual donors and institutional partner (the George Washington University History Department) for their continued support.


Chen Jian

Chen Jian

Global Fellow;
Distinguished Global Network Professor of History at New York University Shanghai/NYU; Hu Shih Professor of History Emeritus, Cornell University
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