Rebecca E. Karl is Professor of History at New York University-New York. She is the author of The Magic of Concepts: History and the Economic in Twentieth-Century China (2017); Mao Zedong and China in the Twentieth-Century World: A Concise History (2010); and Staging the World: Chinese Nationalism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (2002). She is co-translator (with Xueping Zhong) of Cai Xiang's Revolution and Its Narratives: China's Socialist Literary and Cultural Imaginaries, 1949-1966 (2016). The above all published by Duke University Press. She is also co-translator and coeditor (with Lydia H. Liu and Dorothy Ko) of The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory (Columbia University Press 2013).
Rebecca Karl brings to life in wonderful detail the successive revolutionary moments that constituted modern China, illuminating their importance even when they failed to achieve their goals. Although that modern world may now be behind us, Karl shows how the modern Chinese experiments provide an essential basis for thinking revolution in our future. - Michael Hardt, co-author of Assembly