C.P. FitzGerald in South West China, 1936‐1937
C.P. FitzGerald was born in London in 1902, and educated at Clifton College, Bristol. He lived in China, with brief breaks, from 1923 to, 1939 and again from 1946 to 1950.
He did anthropological research in Dali from 1936 to 1939. After, the war he was the representative of the British Council in North China from 1946 to 1950. In 1951 he was appointed Reader in Oriental Studies at the Australian National University, Canberra, where he became a professor of Far Eastern History from 1954‐1969.
From 1970‐1971 he was visiting Professor of Chinese Modern History at the University of Melbourne. After he retired in 1972 he moved to Italy and lived there until 1983 after which he moved to Sydney, Australia where he died on April 13, 1992.
He held a Doctorate of Literature from Australian National University; he was a fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Science.
C.P. FitzGerald was the author of more than 20 books including China: A Short Cultural History (1935), The Tower of Five Glories (1941), and Revolution in China (1952). Through his experiences living in the Dali area from 1936‐1939, Professor C.P. FitzGerald examines the culture of Bai minority, their living environment, rice based economy, language, three religions, family and kinship, travel, foreign contacts, and missionaries.