James Palmer is a Beijing-based writer. He is the author of The Bloody White Baron: The Extraordinary Story of the Russian Nobleman Who Became the Last Khan of Mongolia, short-listed for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and The Death of Mao: The Tangshan Earthquake and the Birth of the New China. He won the Spectator’s Shiva Naipaul Prize for travel writing in 2003. He is an editor for the English edition of the Global Times. He is currently working on a history of Chinese empire.
Interviews with James Palmer
The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia
by James C Scott
The Manchu Way: The Eight Banners and Ethnic Identity in Late Imperial China
by Mark C Elliott
by Jiang Rong
The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History
by Rian Thum
Forgotten Kingdom: Lijiang and the Naxi People
by Peter Goullart
China’s minority peoples have shaped the country’s history and its identity. They led its most successful dynasty, the Qing. But nowadays, their role has been reduced to that of tourist spectacle. Beijing-based writer James Palmer picks the best books on China’s ethnic minorities.