Hans van de Ven

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Johan 'Hans' van de Ven (born 10 January 1958 in Velsen) is an authority on the history of 19th and 20th century China.[1] He holds several positions at the University of Cambridge, where he is Professor of Modern Chinese History,[2] Chairman of the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies,[3] Management Committee member of the East Asia Institute,[4] and Director in Oriental Studies at St Catharine's College.[1] He studied sinology at Leiden University, and modern Chinese history at Harvard, where he received a PhD.[2] He is also the History Link-Up Governor at Melbourn Village College in Cambridgeshire.

Dr. van de Ven is a guest professor at the History Department of Nanjing University and was an International Fellow at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, China, in 2005–06.[5] As of 2008, he is working on a book about the Chinese Maritime Customs Service.[2]

He was awarded the Philip Lilienthal Prize of the University of California Press for best first book in Asian Studies for his book on the founding of the Chinese Communist Party in 1991[6] and the Society for Military History 2012 Book Prize for non-US work for the book The Battle for China, which he edited along with Mark Peattie and Edward Drea.[7]

Van de Ven is married to the former Susan Kerr. They have three sons - Johan, Derek and Willem. His wife's father was the late Malcolm H. Kerr, political scientist and President of the American University of Beirut, who was assassinated in January 1984. She wrote a book about her family's quest for truth and justice.[8][9] Van de Ven is the brother-in-law of Steve Kerr, coach of the Golden State Warriors, former Arizona Wildcats and Chicago Bulls player.[10]


As Author:

As Editor:

Editor of Journal Special Issues

"Robert Hart and the Chinese Maritime Customs Service", special issue of Modern Asian Studies, vol. 40:3 (July 2006). Introduction (pp. 545–7) and ‘Robert Hart and Gustav Detring during the Boxer Rebellion’ (pp. 631–663) 2001

"Lifting the Veil of Secrecy: Secret Services in China during World War II", Intelligence and National Security, 16:4 (Winter 2001), author of 'Introduction' (pp. 1–10) and 'The Kuomintang's Secret Service in Action in South China: Operational and Political Aspects of the Arrest of Liao Chengzhi (1942)', pp. 205–37 1996

"War in the Making of Modern China" Modern Asian Studies, vol.30:4. Author of 'Introduction' (pp. 737–56) and 'Public Finance and the Rise of Warlordism' (pp. 829–68)


  1. ^ a b "Oriental Studies". St Catharine's College, Cambridge. 2008-06-12. Retrieved 2008-08-08. Dr Hans van de Ven is the college's Director in Oriental Studies. He is an expert on the history of nineteenth and twentieth century China. 
  2. ^ a b c Van de Ven, Hans. "Prof Hans van de Ven". Chinese Studies Teaching Staff. University of Cambridge. Retrieved 2016-06-26. 
  3. ^ "Faculty Board and its Committees". Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. University of Cambridge. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  4. ^ "Management Committee". East Asia Institute (Cambridge University). Retrieved 2008-08-09. 
  5. ^ "Professor Hans van de Ven academic lectures". Nanjing University EMBA program with Cornell University (in Chinese and English). Nanjing University. 2005-11-15. 
  6. ^ http://www.ames.cam.ac.uk/general_info/biographies/chinese/van%20de%20Ven.htm
  7. ^ http://www.smh-hq.org/
  8. ^ Roig, Denise (2008-07-24). "Anatomy of a murder". Abu Dhabi: The National. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  9. ^ Van de Ven, Susan Kerr (2008). One Family’s Response to Terrorism: A Daughter’s Memoir. foreword by Saad Eddin Ibrahim. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press. ISBN 978-0-8156-0873-8. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  10. ^ Galloway, Paul (October 24, 1993). "A Separate Peace". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 

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