Odd Arne Westad is Professor of International History at LSE and Director of LSE IDEAS, the LSE's centre for international affairs, diplomacy and strategy.
Professor Westad is both a historian and an expert on contemporary international affairs. He has a particular interest in China, where he first studied in 1979. Professor Westad has been instrumental in developing the School's links with China and with Peking University. Among his new books is Restless Empire: China and the World since 1750, which explores China’s foreign affairs since the mid-Qing dynasty, providing an historical framework for understanding the international behaviour of modern China. Earlier this year Professor Westad published The Penguin History of the World, a new world history for the 21st century.
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