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In my current monograph project, I ask what China has meant by ‘peace’ and ‘peacefulness’, how it has deployed the peacefulness claim on the international stage and how its peacefulness claim has intersected with international thinking on war and peace in the long 20th century.


2015 DPhil in Oriental Studies (Chinese Studies), University of Oxford


• Forster, E. et al. (2023). “What Have Strikes Achieved?,” History Today 73, no. 1,

• Forster, E., & Taylor, I. (2021). Asking the fox to guard the chicken coop: in defense of minimalism in the ethics of war and peace. Journal of International Political Theory, 18(1), 91-109.

• Forster, E. (2020). Behind the mask. History Today, 70(6).

• Forster, E. (2020). Bellicose peace: China’s peace signature campaign and discourses about “peace” in the early 1950s. Modern China, 46(3), 250–280.

• Forster, E. (2019). Threatened by peace: The PRC’s peacefulness rhetoric and the ‘China’ representation question in the United Nations (1949-71). Cold War History, 0, 1-17.

• Forster, E. et al. (2019). Do all revolutions end badly? History Today, 69(4).

• Forster, E. (2018). Die Entwicklung der Nation in China, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung,

• Forster, E. (2017). Rethinking the inferiority complex: Chinese opinions on Westerners’ knowledge of Chinese (1910s-1930s). The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 45(6), 923-941.

• Forster, E. (2017). The buzzword ‘New Culture Movement’: intellectual marketing strategies in China in the 1910s and 1920s. Modern Asian Studies, 51(5), 1253-1282.

• Forster, E. (2014). From academic nitpicking to a “New Culture Movement”: how newspapers turned academic debates into the center of “May Fourth”. Frontiers of History in China, 9(4), 534–557.



• Forster, E. (2018). 1919 – The year that changed China: a new history of the new culture movement. De Gruyter. (Available open access)


Book Chapters

• Elisabeth Forster, [forthcoming]. “China,” in Edinburgh Companion to First World War Periodicals, ed. Cedric Van Dijck, Marisa Demoor, and Birgit Van Puymbroeck (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 449–60.

• Forster, E., & Knoerich, J. (2015). Cross-Taiwan Strait relations in an era of technological change: introduction. In P. Irwin Crookes, & J. Knoerich (Eds.), Cross-Taiwan Strait Relations in an Era of Technological Change: Security, Economic and Cultural Dimensions (1 ed., pp. 1-15). Palgrave Macmillan.



• Forster, E. (2018). Review: ‘Imagining a Postnational World: Hegemony and Space in Modern China’ by Marc Andre Matten’. 國史館館刊 (Bulletin of the Academia Historica), (57), 155-170.

• Forster, E. (2014). Marjorie Dryburgh and Sarah Dauncey (eds): Writing Lives in China, 1600–2010: Histories of the Elusive Self. xii, 265 pp. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. £50. ISBN 978 1 137 36856 0. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies , 77(3), 636-637.

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