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(Eleanor) Joanna Waley-Cohen is Professor of History at New York University, where she has taught since 1992. Born 10 June 1952, daughter of Sir Bernard Waley-Cohen, Bt. Educated Cranbourne Chase School, and a graduate of Cambridge and Yale universities, she specialises in Chinese history.


  • The Sextants of Beijing: Global Currents in Chinese History (New York and London: W. W. Norton, 1999; paperback, 2000; French translation 2002)
  • Exile in Mid-Qing China: Banishment to Xinjiang, 1758-1820 (New Haven, Yale University Press, 1991)
  • The Culture of War in China; Empire and Military in the Eighteenth Century (London: IB Tauris, 2006)
  • 'The New Qing History' in Radical History Review, Winter 2003
  • 'Military Ritual and the Qing Empire' in N. di Cosmo, ed., Warfare in Inner Asian History (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2002) 405-444
  • 'War and Empire-Building in Eighteenth-Century China' in International History Review (special issue on Manchu imperialism) XX. 3 (June 1998), 336-352
  • 'A Brief History of Hong Kong', in Picturing Hong Kong, 1842-1910 (New York: Asia Society, 1997), 15-26
  • Commemorating War in Eighteenth-Century China (Modern Asian Studies 30.4)
  • 'China and Western Technology in the Late Eighteenth Century' in American Historical Review 98.5 (December 1993) 1525-1544
  • 'Chinese Taste' in Food: A History of Taste, ed. Paul Freedman (London: Thames and Hudson, 2006)

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