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Charles Patrick Fitzgerald

Charles Patrick Fitzgerald
Born (1902-03-05)5 March 1902
London, England, United Kingdom
Died 13 April 1992(1992-04-13) (aged 90)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Fields History
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Known for East Asian studies (focus on China)

Charles Patrick Fitzgerald (better known as C. P. Fitzgerald) (5 March 1902Template:Spaced ndash13 April 1992) was a British historian.

He was a professor of East Asian studies with particular focus on China.[1]

Early life and education

Fitzgerald was born in London, England.[1] His father was Dr. H. Sauer, a South African from Cape Town.[1]


He first visited China at age 21, and subsequently lived and worked there for over 20 years.[2] Between 1946 and 1950 he worked there for the British Council.[1] After leaving China, Fitzgerald served as a Reader in Far Eastern history at the Australian National University, located in Canberra, Australia, from 1951 to 1953.[1] He later became Professor of Far Eastern History at the university's Institute of Advanced Studies, from 1953 to 1967.[1]


Fitzgerald's best-known book, China, A Short Cultural History (1935), has been reprinted and revised several times. He authored many other books and articles, including[1] Revolution in China (1952), The Chinese View of Their Place in the World (1964), Empress Wu (1955), Communism takes China (1971), The Southern Expansion of the Chinese People (1972), China and South East Asia since 1945 (1973), and Why China? (1985).


Fitzgerald died in Sydney, New South Wales, in 1992.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Australian National Library (9 September 1996). "MS5189 - Fitzgerald's Papers". Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "In Memoriam Professor C. P. FitzGerald, 1902–1992", The Australian Journal of Chinese Affairs, No. 29, January 1993.

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