Michael Szonyi
Professor of Chinese History, Harvard University

Michael Szonyi is professor of Chinese history and director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University. He is a social historian of late imperial and modern China. His latest book is The Art of Being Governed: Everyday Politics in Late Imperial China (2017).

Written by Michael Szonyi

Essay/
Politics and government
Everyday politics

Imperial Chinese conscription shows how ordinary people exercise influential political skills, even in a repressive state

Michael Szonyi