Christopher Harding

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Welcome to my website! I’m a cultural historian of Japan, India and East-West connections, based at the University of Edinburgh. 

I write on a wide range of topics, including history, politics, religion and pop culture, for publications including BBC History magazine, The Guardian, The Telegraph and The New York Times. My substack newsletter is called IlluminAsia, and is free to read. You can find it HERE.

I am also a presenter on BBC Radio 3’s arts and ideas programme Free Thinking, and a documentary-maker for Radio 3, Radio 4 and the World Service. 

For my academic research and teaching, please visit my university webpages.

Feel free to get in touch, via Twitter (@drchrisharding) or using my Contact page


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