Peter Zarrow

pz yuhuan photo-v1Ph.D., Columbia

Visiting Professor, L’École des hautes études en sciences sociales, May-June 2019

Office: Wood Hall, Rm 327
Phone: (860) 486-0649
Fax: (860) 486-0641

Area of Specialty
Modern China

Current Research
19th and 20th century Chinese thought and culture; utopianism; museums and heritage

Peter Zarrow was born in Indiana and raised in Indiana and Connecticut.  During and after his lengthy and checkered undergraduate career, which included a semester at UConn and a year in Taiwan, Zarrow worked as a newspaper reporter in Willimantic and in the then-pioneering field of computer publishing in San Francisco and New York. He did his graduate work at Columbia University in Chinese history.  He has taught at Vanderbilt University and the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), and between 2001 and 2013 served as a research fellow in the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica (Taipei, Taiwan).

Selected Publications
Anarchism and Chinese Political Culture, Columbia University Press, 1990.

China in War and Revolution, 1895-1949, Routledge Press, 2005.

After Empire: The Conceptual Transformation of the Chinese State, 1885-1924, Stanford University Press, 2012.

Educating China: Knowledge, Society and Textbooks in a Modernizing World, 1902–1937, Cambridge University Press 2015.

“The Reform Movement, the Monarchy, and Political Modernity,” pp. 17-47 in Rebecca Karl and Peter Zarrow, eds., Rethinking the Reform Movement of 1898: Political and Cultural Change in Modern China, Harvard University Asia Center Publications, 2002.

“The expulsion of Puyi from the palace: Culture and historical memory in 1920s China” (in Chinese), pp. 1-32 in Yijiuerling niandai de Zhongguo, Zhonghua minguo shiliao yanjiu zhongxin bianyin, Taipei, 2002.

“’Of benefit to the ruler; of benefit to the people’: Official discussions of constitutionalism in the late Qing” (in Chinese), Bulletin of the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica 42 (December 2003), pp. 47-71.

“Historical Trauma: Anti-Manchuism and Memories of Atrocity in Late Qing China,” History and Memory, vol. 16, no. 2 (fall/winter 2004), pp. 67-107.

“Liang Qichao and the Conceptualization of ‘Race’ in Late Qing China,” Bulletin of the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica 52 (June 2006), pp. 113-164.

“Late Qing views of the state: monarchy, democracy, and legitimacy” (in Chinese), pp. 126-163 in Liu Qing, ed., The reason of authority: political thought and views of legitimacy in China and the West, New Star Press, Beijing, 2008.

“Anti-Despotism and ‘Rights Talk’: The Intellectual Origins of Modern Human Rights Thinking in the Late Qing,” Modern China, vol. 34, no. 2 (April 2008), pp. 179-209.

“Chinese Conceptions of the State during the Late Qing Dynasty (1860-1911),” pp. 235-259 in Takashi Shogimen and Cary J. Nederman, eds., Western Political Thought in Dialogue with Asia, Lexington Books/Roman and Littlefield, 2009.

“Discipline and Narrative: Chinese History Textbooks in the Early Twentieth Century,” pp. 169-207 in Brian Moloughney and Peter Zarrow, eds., Transforming History: The Making of a Modern Academic Discipline in Twentieth-Century China, Chinese University Press, Hong Kong, 2011.

“Democratic thought and vanguardism: Sun Yat-sen’s political views in the Republican period” (in Chinese) Bulletin of the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica 78 (December 2012), pp. 1-28.