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During the early decades of the Cold War, the People's Republic of China remained outside much of mainstream international science. Nevertheless, Chinese scientists found alternative channels through which to communicate and interact with counterparts across the world, beyond simple East/West divides. By examining the international activities of elite Chinese scientists, Gordon Barrett demonstrates that these activities were deeply embedded in the Chinese Communist Party's wider efforts to win hearts and minds from the 1940s to the 1970s. Using a wide range of archival material, including declassified documents from China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Archive, Barrett provides fresh insights into the relationship between science and foreign relations in the People's Republic of China.


‘Original, deeply researched, masterful: Barrett’s compelling and well-written volume provides new insights into China’s influence on Cold War scientific internationalism.’

Ronald E. Doel - Florida State University

‘This sophisticated and lucid study is a major addition to scholarship on Mao-era China. It illuminates how - decades before the People’s Republic of China emerged as a science and technology superpower - the country created an international position for itself through scientific engagement. Gordon Barrett’s new book is the go-to work on this essential topic.’

Julia Lovell - Birkbeck University of London

‘Based on extensive archival research, this book demonstrates the significance of Mao-era science diplomacy-from the Pugwash conferences, to the World Federation of Science Workers, to the Peking Science Symposia and beyond. A must-read for anyone seeking to understand the roots of China’s rise in international science and technology.’

Sigrid Schmalzer - University of Massachusetts Amherst

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