Dr Michael Lynch has written a large number of books and articles on a range of historical themes. Interested in the broad, formative trends in European and Chinese history, he has also written studies of particular individuals as apparently disparate as Trotsky, Lloyd George and Hitler. His latest biography, on which this talk is based, is Mao (Routledge, 2017). In addition to university teaching in the UK, he is currently editor of the ‘History at Source’ and ‘Access to History’ series (Hodders). A regular contributor to academic conferences and gatherings, he has also appeared as a talking head in a series of television programmes on modern history.