Senior Research Fellow
Michael Schoenhals is senior lecturer in the Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University. In 2003, he received the Swedish Research Council's prestigious Researcher of Excellence-award. He spent the winter of 2004–2005 as a visiting professor in the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and the winter of 2005–2006 as visiting scholar in the Contemporary China Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing.
Dr. Schoenhals' most recent book Mao's Last Revolution (co-authored with Roderick MacFarquhar, Professor of Government, Harvard) was published by Harvard University Press in August 2006 and tells the story of the "Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution," a watershed event in the history of the People's Republic of China. Schoenhals is the editor of China's Cultural Revolution 1966 - 1969: Not a Dinner Party, a documentary reader/anthology dealing with the Cultural Revolution published in 1996 by M. E. Sharpe, Eastgate Books. Other books by Schoenhals include Doing Things with Words in Chinese Politics: Five Studies, a volume of studies of rhetoric, censorship and propaganda in the People's Republic of China published by the Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California (1992); and Saltationist Socialism: Mao Zedong and the Great Leap Forward 1958, published by Foereningen foer Orientaliska Studier, Stockholm (1987).
Recent books and articles by Dr. Schoenhals include
Mao's Last Revolution, Cambridge, Mass.; London: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2006 (with Roderick MacFarquhar).
- "The Global War On Terrorism as Meta-Narrative: An Alternative Reading of Recent Chinese History."
- "Information, Decision-Making and China's 'Great Cultural Revolution'." In Chinese in Zhu Jiamu, ed., Contemporary China and its Outside World. Beijing: Dangdai Zhongguo chubanshe, 2006.
- "'Why Don't We Arm the Left?' Mao's Culpability for the Cultural Revolution's 'Great Chaos' of 1967." The China Quarterly, No. 182, June 2005, pp. 277-300.
Dr. Schoenhals is a member of the editorial boards of Pacific Affairs, The China Quarterly, Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions, Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies, European Journal of East Asian Studies and Contemporary Chinese Thought.