Six lives that shaped China

From an iconic ancient sage to a taboo-smashing feminist novelist, Rana Mitter profiles six Chinese men and women who left an indelible mark on their country's tumultuous history...

Husband and wife Chiang Kai-shek and Soong Mei-ling (Madame Chiang), pictured at their wedding in 1928. The pair “dominated Chinese politics for two decades [and] were among the most prominent non-westerners on the planet throughout the 1930s and 1940s”, says Rana Mitter. (Photo by Granger Historical Picture Archive/Alamy Stock Photo)

This article was first published in the April 2018 issue of BBC History Magazine

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