Shantashil Rajyeswar Mitter OBE FBA (born 1969), known as Rana Mitter, is a British historian and political scientist of Indian origin who specialises in the history of republican China. He is Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China at the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University, Deutsche Bank Director of the Dickson Poon China Centre, and a Fellow and Vice-Master of St Cross College. His 2013 book China’s War with Japan, 1937-1945: The Struggle for Survival (titled Forgotten Ally: China’s War with Japan, 1937-45 for publication in the US), about the Second Sino-Japanese War, was well received by critics.
He is also a regular presenter for Night Waves (now known as “Free Thinking”) on BBC Radio 3.
Mitter was educated at King’s College, Cambridge, where he received both his MA and PhD; in 1991 he was elected President of the Cambridge Union. He was also a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University. On 16 July 2015, he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA).
He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to education.
Books in order of publication:
The Manchurian Myth: Nationalism, resistance and collaboration in modern China. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. – 2000
A Bitter Revolution: China’s Struggle with the Modern World. Oxford: Oxford University Press. – 2004
China’s War with Japan, 1937-1945 : The Struggle for Survival. London: Allen Lane.- 2013
China’s Good War: How World War II Is Shaping a New Nationalism. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press (2020)