Stephen R. Platt

Stephen R. Platt is a historian of late imperial China, specializing in foreign relations throughout the 19th century. He was a 2008–2010 fellow of the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on US–China Relations, and gives occasional talks on modern and contemporary China for audiences in education, government, and the general public. Platt is the author, most recently, of Provincial Patriots: The Hunanese and Modern China and Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom, a military history of the Taiping Rebellion and the 2012 winner of the Cundill Prize, the largest international literary prize for a work on history. He is currently compiling research for a book on the Old China Trade and the Opium Wars.