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This is the first in an occasional series of posts featuring interviews, insights and multimedia presentations about newly released books on China. Although The Wire is primarily focused on business, finance and economics, we would like to create the broadest platform possible to highlight new books and explore the country’s modern development.

This week, we feature a book by Tony Saich, a distinguished scholar at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and director at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

Professor Saich first traveled to China as a student, in 1976, and since then has been studying the development of the Communist Party. In his latest book, Finding Allies and Making Revolution: The Early Years of the Chinese Communist Party (Brill 2020), Professor Saich looks at the role of a Dutchman, Henk Sneevliet, who was sent to China by Lenin to help influence the development of China’s Communist Party. He used newly released documents from archives in Amsterdam and Moscow, including Sneevliet’s diaries.

The video attached was produced by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, as part of its series, Behind the Book. The Wire obtained permission to embed it.