Michael Schoenhals is a Professor of Chinese in the Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University, Sweden. A former Berkeley and Harvard post-doc, he is known as the founder of the garbology school of Cultural Revolution research. Among other books, he is the author of Mao's Last Revolution (co-authored with Roderick MacFarquhar) (Harvard University Press, 2006), available in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Japanese. He recently concluded a decade of work on book called Spying for the People: Mao's Secret Agents, 1949–1967 (Cambridge University Press, 2013), described by the CIA’s Hayden Peake in Studies in Intelligence as “an extraordinarily fine work of historical scholarship on a topic about which little had been known.” He is an advisor to the PRC History Group, a trans-national network of scholars managing H-PRC, an H-Net channel that hosts scholarly discussions in addition to distributing news and announcements of interest to People's Republic of China historians.

Last Updated: February 12, 2015



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