Professor Rana Mitter is Director of The University of Oxford China Centre. The University of Oxford China Centre was created to draw together interdisciplinary research and teaching covering many aspects of Chinese Culture. Rana Mitter’s work has received international praise for its innovative approach to the study of China’s contemporary politics and history. His current focus is on the origins and causes of nationalism in China and its impact upon the Chinese government’s behavior in the 20th and 21st century. His most recent book ‘China’s War With Japan: The Struggle for Survival’ was published to widespread acclaim in 2013 and was selected by The Financial Times as one of the ten best history books of the year, as a Book of the Year by The Economist and won the Duke of Westminster Medal. In addition, he is the author of ‘Modern China’, ‘The Manchurian Myth: Nationalism, Resistance and Collaboration in Modern China’, ‘Modern China: A Very Short Introduction’ and ‘A Bitter Revolution: China’s Struggle with the Modern World’, for which he was named Young Academic Author of the Year by The Times Higher Education Supplement. Rana presents and contributes regularly to the arts and ideas program Night Waves on BBC Radio and The Forum on BBC World Service. His writings have appeared in a number of newspapers including The Financial Times and The Guardian. Rana Mitter holds a PhD in History from University of Cambridge.