Pete Millwood researches the international and transnational history of the Chinese world during the Cold War. His first book-length project is a history of people-to-people diplomacy in the US-China rapprochement of the 1970s. Under contract with Cambridge University Press, the book examines the role of Americans and Chinese outside of government in the rebuilding of the relationship between the two societies and states. Based on new sources collected from more than a dozen official, non-governmental, and private archives, from across China and the United States, it argues that a broader and more diverse cast of actors than previously recognised — musicians, scientists, journalists, and performing artists — were as central to the transformation in US-China relations as were diplomats such as Henry Kissinger and Zhou Enlai. Pete’s research has been published in Diplomatic History, the Journal of Contemporary History, and the Washington Post, among other places.
Pete received his DPhil degree in History from St Antony’s College, Oxford and then held postdoctoral fellowships at Tsinghua University’s Schwarzman College and Oxford’s Rothermere American Institute. He was an LSE Fellow in East Asian History at the London School of Economics for two years before moving to HKU. During his doctorate, he undertook fieldwork through research fellowships at Peking University and the Library of Congress. He holds an MSt in Global and Imperial History from Oxford and a BA in International History from LSE and studied Chinese on a government scholarship at National Taiwan University’s ICLP programme.