Jerome Chen

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Jerome Ch'en in Niagara, December 2003

Jerome Ch'en FRSC (simplified Chinese: 陈志让; traditional Chinese: 陳志讓; pinyin: Chén Zhìràng) (b. 1919 in Chengdu, Sichuan, China) is a noted Chinese historian. He was a Chinese history professor at the York University in Toronto, Canada from 1971 to 1987. Jerome Ch'en was the director of the University of Toronto/York University Joint Centre of Asia Pacific Studies (JCAPS) from 1983 to 1985.

He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1981. In 1984, he was named Distinguished Research Professor at York.

Jerome Ch'en was educated at Tianjin Nankai University, National Southwestern Associated University (Xi'nan Lian'da) in Kunming during the Anti-Japanese War, and at the London School of Economics, which he attended funded by a Boxer Indemnity Scholarship. He studied under Friedrich Hayek at LSE. In the 1950s, he worked for the Chinese Service of the BBC. Before emigrating to Canada he taught history at the University of Leeds for a number of years.

Principal works include:

  • The Highlanders of Central China: a History 1895 – 1937
  • Mao and the Chinese Revolution
  • The Military-Gentry coalition—the Warlords Period in Modern Chinese History
  • China and the West: Society and Culture 1815 – 1937

He also edited:

  • Great Lives Observed: Mao

Some of his works have been translated into Chinese or Japanese.

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