Stephen Platt

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Stephen R. Platt is an American historian and writer. He is currently a professor of Chinese history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.[1] Platt holds a PhD in Chinese history from Yale University (2004). His areas of expertise is in modern China, especially in the nineteenth century and the Qing dynasty's foreign relations.[2] Platt's books Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom and Imperial Twilight examine East-West relations in China during the 19th century, focusing on the Taiping Rebellion (1850-1864) and the period leading up the First Opium War (1800-1842). Platt has also written for The New York Times, Chinafile, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and Late Imperial China

Awards and honors[edit]


  • Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China's Last Golden Age (Alfred A. Knopf, 2018)
  • Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War (Knopf, 2012),
  • Provincial Patriots: The Hunanese and Modern China  (Harvard University Press, 2007).


  1. ^ Steve Pfarrer (May 10, 2018). "'I write what I would love to read': Award-winning historian Stephen Platt pens new book on the 19th-century Opium War". Daily Hampshire Gazette. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  2. ^ "Stephen Platt - History - UMass Amherst".
  3. ^ "University of Massachusetts historian Stephen Platt receives prestigious Cundill Prize".
  4. ^ "The Baillie Gifford Prize 2018 announces shortlist". Baillie Gifford Prize. 2 October 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2018.