C P Fitzgerald
|Charles Patrick Fitzgerald|
|Born||Karl Patrick Van Hoogstraten |
5 March 1902
London, England, United Kingdom
|Died||13 April 1992 (aged 90)|
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Known for||East Asian studies (focus on China)|
|Institutions||Australian National University|
Charles Patrick Fitzgerald (better known as C. P. Fitzgerald) (5 March 1902 – 13 April 1992) was a British historian.
He was a professor of East Asian studies with particular focus on China.
Early life and education
Unable to attend university as his family could not afford the fees, he obtained a job in a bank. Becoming interested in East Asia and in the political developments there, he studied for a diploma in Chinese at the University of London's School of Oriental Studies.
He first visited China at age 21, and subsequently lived and worked there for over 20 years. Between 1946 and 1950 he worked there for the British Council. After leaving China, Fitzgerald served as a Reader in Far Eastern history at the Australian National University, located in Canberra, Australia, from 1951 to 1953. He later became Professor of Far Eastern History at the university's Institute of Advanced Studies, from 1953 to 1967.
Fitzgerald's best-known book, China, A Short Cultural History (1935), has been reprinted and revised several times. He authored many other books and articles, including
- Fitzgerald, Charles Patrick (1933), Son of Heaven: A Biography of Li Shih-Min, Founder of the T'ang Dynasty, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Revolution in China (1952)
- The Chinese View of Their Place in the World (1964)
- Empress Wu (1955)
- Communism takes China (1971)
- 'The Southern Expansion of the Chinese People (1972)
- China and South East Asia since 1945 (1973)
- Why China?: Recollections of China, 1923-1950. Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press. 1985.
- Wang, Gungwu (1993). "In Memoriam: Professor C. P. Fitzgerald 1902-1992". The Australian Journal of Chinese Affairs (29): 161–163. JSTOR http://www.jstor.org/stable/2949956.
- Works by or about Charles Patrick Fitzgerald in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Photography of China by C. P. Fitzgerald, Royal Geographical Society
- MS5189 - Fitzgerald's Papers at the National Library of Australia
- Photographs of Charles Patrick Fitzgerald, at Trove.
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