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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. 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. 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
- 2004 Theron Rockwell Field Prize (Yale University) for dissertation Hunanese Nationalism and the Revival of Wang Fuzhi, 1839-1923
- 2012 Cundill History Prize winner for Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom
- 2018 Baillie Gifford Prize shortlist for Imperial Twilight
- 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).
- 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.
- "Stephen Platt - History - UMass Amherst". www.umass.edu.
- "University of Massachusetts historian Stephen Platt receives prestigious Cundill Prize".
- "The Baillie Gifford Prize 2018 announces shortlist". Baillie Gifford Prize. 2 October 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
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