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Dr Vivienne Xiangwei Guo

Lecturer in Modern Chinese History

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I had studied international politics at Peking University, Waseda University and the London School of Economics and Political Science for my bachelor and master degrees. In 2015, I obtained my doctoral degree in history from King’s College London. Between 2014 and 2016, I worked as a research associate and taught modern Chinese history at the University of Cologne in Germany. And since September 2016, I joined the University of Exeter as a lecturer in modern Chines history.

My research interests primarily lie in the social and political history of the Second Sino-Japanese War and the extended civil conflicts in the Republican Era, and the history of Chinese political networks, societies and groups in the late nineteenth century and the early twentieth century. I am interested more widely in Chinese intellectual and gender histories, in particular the circulation of ideas and movements in a global context. 

Research interests

My research interests primarily lie in the social and political history of the Second Sino-Japanese War and the extended civil conflicts in the Republican Era, and the history of Chinese political networks, societies and groups in the late nineteenth century and the early twentieth century. I am interested more widely in Chinese intellectual and gender histories, in particular the circulation of ideas and movements in a global context.

I am currently completing a monograph entitled Women and Politics in Wartime China. In the meantime, I am working on another book project, which re-examines Chinese warlordism within the context of the May Fourth enlightenment and reappraises the so-called warlord period (1916-1928) as an integral part of the internationalisation process of China’s state-building. 

External impact and engagement

Between 2009 and 2011, working as a freelance journalist for the BBC World Service, I have engaged in the translation and publication of news features in Chinese politics, culture, economy, military and foreign affairs. I also carried out a six-month China project for the Grimstone Foundation in 2010 and drafted a Guidebook of Shanghai to provide British investors with a particular view of China’s history, politics, economy and culture.

Teaching

  • Special Subject: China’s Intellectual Elites – Ideas and Networks, 1860s-1960s (Year 3)
  • Undergraduate dissertation supervision (Year 3)
  • Uses of the Past (Year 2)
  • Doing History (Year 2)
  • Sources and Skills: Women and Modern China (Year 1)
  • Understanding the Modern World (Year 1, 2016-2017)