The negative portrayal of Chiang Kai-shek became a conventional theme in Western historiography. In 2009 Jay Taylor attempted to reverse this perspective, but in his zeal he went too far in trying to overturn almost all criticism previous scholars have levied against Chiang. The speaker Alexander V. Pantsov endeavored to write a balanced and unbiased biography of Chiang, the cunning ruler and the great revolutionary, based not only on Taiwanese, Chinese, and American collections but also on previously unknown Soviet archives.
Alexander V. Pantsov is a professor of history and holds the Edward and Mary Catharine Gerhold Chair in the Humanities at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. He has published over 150 scholarly works including twenty books. Among them are The Bolsheviks and the Chinese Revolution1919-1927 (Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press, 2000), Mao Zedong: The Real Story (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2012), Deng Xiaoping: A Revolutionary Life (Oxford University Press, 2015), Karl Radek on China: Documents from the Former Secret Soviet Archives (Leiden: Brill, 2021), and The Kremlin’s Chinese Advance Guard: Chinese Students in Soviet Russia: 1917-1940 (London: Routledge, 2023).