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 Brian Tsui

Dr Brian Tsui


PhD, Columbia University
MPhil, Columbia University
MA, Columbia University
Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours), The University of Hong Kong
Postdoctoral Fellow, CIW

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Brian Tsui, a historian, works on radical politics in twentieth-century China and Asia.  His current book project, titled China’s Conservative Revolution: Everday Culture and the Quest for a New Order, presents a new synthesis on the Nationalist regime by arguing that the once left-leaning party presided over a distinctly anti-communist, nationalist mode of mass activism shared by fascist movements that gained ascendency around the world in the interwar period. Instead of focusing narrowly on party-state institutions, the book manuscript examines a broader political culture that tapped on urban middle-class aspirations, critiques of capitalist imperialism and liberal reformism.  Aside from the manscript, he has started a collaborative project with overseas scholars on modern China-India relations.

Other Languages

  • Chinese
  • Japanese (reading ability)

Research Interests

  • Modern Chinese history
  • Revolution of the right
  • Social and cultural mobilisation
  • Inter-Asia connections
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Current Projects

  • Conservation revolution in Nationalist China, 1927-1949
  • Relations between Republican China and colonial India
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Selected Publications

Contributions to The China Story

‘ePassports and sovereignty’, in Geremie R. Barmé with Jeremy Goldkorn eds, China Story Yearbook 2013: Civilising China,Canberra: Australian Centre on China in the World, 2013, online at:

‘Chinese views of Tagore and Gandhi: Then and now’, The China Story Journal, 29 July 2013, online at:  


‘Decolonization and revolution: Debating Gandhism in Republican China’, forthcoming Modern China: An International Journal of History and Social Science

‘Clock time, national space, and the limits of Guomindang anti-imperialism’, positions: asia critique, vol.21, no.4 (2013): 921-45

‘The plea for Asia – Tan Yunshan, pan-Asianism and Sino-Indian relations’, China Report: A Journal of East Asian Studies, vol.46, no.4 (2010): 353-70
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