Ross Terrill

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Ross Terrill (born 1938 in Melbourne) is an Australian historian residing in the United States. He specializes in the history of China, especially the modern People's Republic of China. He has appeared several times to testify in front of the United States Congress, and has written numerous articles and nine books. For many years he has been Research Associate at Harvard's Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, and recently been visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin and at Monash University in Australia.[1]


Terril received his Ph.D. in political science in 1970 from Harvard University, his Dux of College from Wesley College, Melbourne in 1956, and in 1962, his Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours. He served in the Australian Army from 1957-1958.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Bruce Douglass Ross Terrill, ed., China and Ourselves: Explorations and Revisions by a New Generation (Boston: Beacon Press, 1970).
  • 800000000: The Real China (Boston: Little, Brown 1972).
  • R. H. Tawney and His Times; Socialism as Fellowship (Cambridge, Massachusetts,: Harvard University Press, 1973).
  • Flowers on an Iron Tree: Five Cities of China (Boston: Little, Brown, 1975).
  • The Future of China: After Mao (New York: Dell Pub. Co., 1978).
  • ed., The China Difference (New York: Harper & Row, 1979).
  • The White-Boned Demon: A Biography of Madame Mao Zedong (New York: Morrow, 1984).
  • The Australians (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1987).
  • China in Our Time: The Epic Saga of the People's Republic from the Communist Victory to Tiananmen Square and Beyond (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992).
  • Mao: A Biography (New York: Harper & Row, 1980; rev. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1999).
  • The New Chinese Empire: And What It Means for the United States (New York: Basic Books, 2003).


  1. ^ "Resumé". Ross Terrill. Retrieved 2012-12-13.