Roderick MacFarquhar

House and Years at Fettes:
Glencorse 1944 - 1949

Qualifications and career:
Oxford, 1953; BA, Politics, Philosophy, Economics
Harvard, 1955; AM, Far Eastern Regional Studies
London School of Economics, 1980; PhD, Government

1950s - Military service in Egypt, Jordan: 2nd Lt, Royal Tank Regiment, China specialist (The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph), Founding editor of The China Quarterly

1960s - Rockefeller Foundation Research Grant, Reporter for BBC TV's 'Panorama', Asia specialist (New Statesman), Ford Foundation Research Grant, Fellow - Research Inst.on Communist Affairs & East Asian Inst.,Columbia

1970s - Founding Co-presenter of BBC World Service's '24 Hours', Fellow - Royal Institute of International Affairs, Member of Parliament (Labour)

1980s - Fellow - Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC, Leverhulme Research Fellow, Professor of Government at Harvard, Fellow - American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Director - Fairbank Center for East Asian Research at Harvard

1990s - Leroy B. Williams Professor of History & Political Science at Harvard, Walter Channing Cabot Fellow at Harvard, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Grant, Smith Richardson Foundation Grant, Chair - Government Department at Harvard, AAS’ Levenson Prize for Origins of the Cultural Revolution Vol. 3, Hon. D. Litt. Newcastle University

2000s - Advisory Board Member at Smith Richardson Foundation, Trustee - Kennedy Memorial Trust, Director - Fairbank Center for East Asian Research at Harvard, Advisory Board Member - British Inter-University China Centre

The Hundred Flowers Campaign and the Chinese Intellectuals, 1960
The Sino-Soviet Dispute, 1961
China under Mao, 1966
Sino-American Relations, 1949-71, 1972
The Forbidden City, 1972
The Origins of the Cultural Revolution, I, 1974, II, 1983, III, 1997
The Cambridge History of China, 14 (jt ed), 1987; 15 (jt ed. & contributor), 1991
The Secret Speeches of Chairman Mao (jt ed. & contributor), 1989
Perspectives on Modern China: Four Anniversaries (jt ed. & contributor), 1991
The Politics of China, 1949-89 (ed. & contributor), 1993, Rev. ed. 1997
The Paradox of China’s Post-Mao Reforms (jt. ed.), 1999
Mao’s Last Revolution (jt. author), 2006

What is your most cherished memory from your time at Fettes?
Playing fives

And your least?
Rain clouds over the Pentland Hills

Were you awarded a scholarship at Fettes and if so, what did it mean
to you?

Yes; my parents said it paid for the extras

What event or personality left a lasting impression on you?
The first XV beating Loretto 29-6 my first term and Rev. Booth for his
theatrical productions

Were you a conscientious student?

Outside the classroom, how did you spend your free time at Fettes?
Games, CCF, chess, reading, trips to the galleries on a Sunday