SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Dr Lars Laamann

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Lars Laamann
Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Senior Lecturer in the History of China

Centre of World Christianity

Chair, Centre of World Christianity

SOAS China Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute

Dr Lars Laamann
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Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Chih-En Chen, The Origin, Development and Classification of Trompe L’oeil Porcelain in High Qing China
  • Connor Judge, Foreign Policy Discourses in Early Imperial China: a Case Study of Han-Xiongnu Relations
  • Do Thi Nguyen, China’ in Vietnamese Modern Intellectual History (1910–1945)
  • Ed Weech, Lineages and legacies: Thomas Manning and the early British study of China, 1800-1830
  • Emily Dawes, 19th Century Protestant Missionary Perceptions of Chinese Islam
  • Gregor Weimar, Qing-era Christian writings in Manchu
  • Ivy Chan, Collecting Chinese Art in Hong Kong during the 20th Century: Appropriation and Location
  • Jiawei Pan, Shenyang – Mukden – Fengtian: How the educational development discourse of Fengtian was shaped by China’s relations with Japan (1905-1945)
  • Ling-Chieh Chen, War and Postal Communication in Republican China, 1916-1949
  • Meilin Zhou, Japan in the Establishment of Public Health in China, 1901-1937
  • Qiong Yu, Revisiting Britain’s Informal Imperialism from the Periphery and Beyond — Examining the Constructive Sino-British Relations in the Nineteenth Century within a Global Context.
  • Shan Siping, Environment, Commerce and Imperial Politics in South-Eastern Mongolia (1644–1912)
  • Tassapa Umavijani, The Military Transformation of Nineteenth-Century Siam: Changes and Continuities
  • Wonmook Kang, The Qing Perspective of ‘Europeans’, 1644-1858


  • Popular religion in late imperial China; 
  • Medicine, drugs and healing; 
  • Manchu culture in the Qing empire


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Authored Books

Laamann, Lars Peter (2006) Christian heretics in late imperial China : Christian inculturation and state control, 1720-1850. Abingdon/Oxon; New York: Routledge.

Dikotter, Frank and Laamann, Lars Peter and Zhou, Xun (2004) Narcotic Culture: A History of Drugs in China. London: Hurst.


Laamann, Lars (2016) 'Western Journals in China as Witnesses of Epochal Change'. From Empire to Republic: Missionary, Sinology and Literary Periodicals (1817-1949), pp 1-7.

Laamann, Lars (2015) 'Apostasy and Martyrdom in Eighteenth-Century China'. International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church, (15) 4, pp 275-288.

Laamann, Lars (2015) 'Christianity, Magic and Politics in Qing and Republican China'. Central Asiatic Journal, (58) 1/2, pp 89-105.

Laamann, Lars (2014) 'Tiananmen Square is being Cleansed with Blood'. The Conversation [Online].

Laamann, Lars (2002) 'Anti-Christian Agitation as an Example of Late Imperial Anticlericalism'. Extrême-Orient Extrême-Occident, (24 (‘L), pp 47-63.

Laamann, Lars (2002) 'Pain And Pleasure: Opium as Medicine in Late Imperial China'. Twentieth-Century China, (28) 1, pp 1-20.

Dikotter, Frank and Laamann, Lars and Zhou, Xun (2002) 'Narcotic Culture: A Social History of Drug consumption in China'. British Journal of Criminology, (42) 2, pp 317-336.

Laamann, Lars (1997) 'Von Bodissattva Guanyin zur Jungfrau Maria - einige Aspekte zur Inkulturation des Christentums im China des achtzehnten und frühen neunzehnten Jahrhunderts'. Spirita (online journal).

Laamann, Lars (1996) 'The Current State of the Beitang Collections'. Bulletin of the European Association of Sinological Librarians, (6).

Edited Books or Journals

Laamann, Lars and Lee, Joseph Tse Hei, (eds.), (2018) The Church as Safe Haven: Christian Governance in China. Leiden; Chicago, IL: Brill. (Studies in Christian mission).

Laamann, Lars, (ed.), (2017) Central Asiatic Journal – Volume 60. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. (CAJ).

Laamann, Lars, (ed.), (2016) Central Asiatic Journal – Volume 59:. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

Laamann, Lars, (ed.), (2015) Central Asiatic Journal - Volume 58. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

Laamann, Lars, (ed.), (2014) Central Asiatic Journal - Volume 56. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

Solonin, Kirill and Hill, Nathan W. and Laamann, Lars, (eds.), (2014) Central Asiatic Journal Vol. 57, (Special Tangut Edition). Wiesbaden: Harrasowitz.

Laamann, Lars, (ed.), (2013) Critical Readings: The Manchus in Modern China (1616-2012), 4 Vols.. Leiden: Brill. (Critical Readings).

Book Chapters

Laamann, Lars (2018) 'Torch-Bearers of Modernity? Western Missionaries, Demonism and Exorcism in Modern China (1860s–1930s)'. In: Laamann, Lars and Lee, Joseph Tse-Hei, (eds.), The Church as Safe Haven: Christianity and Community Governance in Modern China. Chicago, IL; Leiden: Brill, pp 33-90.

Laamann, Lars (2018) 'PREFACE: In Permanent Gratitude to R. G. Tiedemann'. In: Laamann, Lars and Lee, Joseph Tse-Hei, (eds.), The Church as Safe Haven: Christian Governance in China. Brill, pp ix-x.

Lee, Joseph Tse-Hei and Laamann, Lars (2018) 'Christianity and Community Governance in Modern China'. In: Laamann, Lars and Lee, Joseph Tse-Hei, (eds.), The Church as Safe Haven Christian Governance in China. Brill, pp 1-16.

Laamann, Lars (2017) 'The Christian Manchu Missions during the Qing period (1644-1911) – Perceptions and Political Implications'. In: Hertel, Ralf and Keevak, Michael and Weststeijn, Thijs, (eds.), Early Encounters between East Asia and Europe: Telling Failures. Abingdon; New York: Routledge, pp 101 -122.

Laamann, Lars (2016) 'Christianity'. In: Dillon, Michael, (ed.), Encyclopedia of Chinese History. London: Routledge, pp 118-119.

Laamann, Lars Peter (2009) 'Drugs and Narcotics (People's Republic of China)'. In: Pong, David, (ed.), Encyclopedia of Modern China. Detroit, Michigan: Charles Scribner's Sons, pp 433-436.

Laamann, Lars (2004) 'Memories of Faith: The Christian Sutras of Eighteenth-Century China'. In: Swanson, RN, (ed.), The Church and the Book (Studies in Church History, vol. 38). Martlesham: Woodbridge: Ecclesiastical History Society / Boydell, pp 279-302..

Laamann, Lars Peter (2004) 'Memories of Faith: The 'Christian sutras' of late imperial China'. In: Swanson, R.N., (ed.), The Church and the Book. Woodbridge: Ecclesiastical History Society / Boydell, pp 279-302.

Book Reviews

Laamann, Lars (2018) 'Review of: Diana Juno, Patriotic Cooperation: The Border Services of the Church of Christ in China and Chinese Church-State Relations, 1920s—1950s'. Review of Religion and Chinese Society, (5) 2.

Laamann, Lars (2018) 'Review of: Barbara Hoster, Konversion zum Christentum in der modernen chinesischen Literatur: Su Xuelins Roman Jixin (Dornenherz, 1929).'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (81) 1, pp 178-180.

Laamann, Lars (2017) 'Review of: Martin Gimm, Ein Monat im Privatleben des Chinesischen Kaisers Kangxi: Gao Shiqis Tagebuch Pengshan Miji aus dem Jahre 1703'. Central Asiatic Journal, (59) 1/2, pp 298-300.

Laamann, Lars (2016) 'Review of: A Voluntary Exile: Chinese Christianity and Cultural Confluence since 1552, Anthony E. Clark ed. Lehigh University Press, 2013.'. Journal of Chinese Religions, (44) 2, pp 176-179.

Laamann, Lars (2014) 'Review of: A Comprehensive Manchu–English Dictionary by Jerry Norman'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (77) 2, pp 402-404.

Laamann, Lars (2014) 'Review of: Intoxicating Manchuria: Alcohol, Opium, and Culture in China’s Northeast by Norman Smith. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.'. China Information, (28) 1, pp 105-106.

Laamann, Lars (2013) 'Review of: After Empire: The Conceptual Transformation of the Chinese State, 1885-1924 by Peter Zarrow.'. The Journal of Northeast Asian History, (10) 2, pp 195-198.

Laamann, Lars (2013) 'Review of: A New History of Christianity in China by Daniel H. Bays (Blackwell Guides to Global Christianity)'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (76) 1, pp 168-170.

Laamann, Lars (2012) 'Review of: Ancestors, Virgins, and Friars: Christianity as a Local Religion in Late Imperial China by Eugenio Menegon. Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series 69. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Asia Center, 2009.'. History of Religions, (52) 1, pp 83-85.

Laamann, Lars (2012) 'Review of: Golden-Silk Smoke: A History of Tobacco in China, 1550-2010 by Carol Benedict. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011.'. Social History of Medicine, (25) 2, pp 567-568.

Laamann, Lars (2012) 'Ancestral Leaves: A Family Journey through Chinese History Author: Joseph Esherick'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (75) 1, pp 201-203.

Laamann, Lars (2012) 'Review of: L’opium: une passion chinoise (1750-1950) by Xavier Paules'. T'oung Pao, (98) 4-5, pp 606-607.

Laamann, Lars (2011) 'Mission to China: Matteo Ricci and the Jesuit Encounter with the East by Mary Laven.'. Reviews in History 1142.

Laamann, Lars (2010) 'Review of: China's Christian Colleges: Cross-Cultural Connections, 1900-1950 edited by Daniel Bays and Ellen Widmer'. China Quarterly 204, pp 1027-1028.

Laamann, Lars (2009) 'The Interweaving of Rituals: Funerals in the Cultural Exchange between China and Europe by Nicolas Standaert. Seattle; London: University of Washington Press.'. China Quarterly 198, pp 492-493.

Laamann, Lars (2009) 'The Greater China Factbook by Tilman Aretz. Taipei: Taiwan Elite.'. China Quarterly 198, pp 474-475.

Laamann, Lars (2009) 'Colonial Hong Kong and Modern China: Interaction and Reintegration by LEE Pui-Tak 李培德. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2006.'. Social Stratification in Chinese Societies, (2009), pp 251-254.

Laamann, Lars (2008) 'Review of: Historisk Tidskrift no. 127, 4 'Historical Journal' Swedish Historical Society, Stockholm. ISSN 0345-469X'. Journal of Global History, (3) 3, pp 480-481.

Laamann, Lars (2008) 'Contextualization of Christianity in China: An Evaluation in Modern Perspective edited by Peter Chen-Main Wang (Collectania Serica)'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (71) 3, pp 593-595.

Laamann, Lars (2007) 'The Chinese and Opium under the Republic: Worse than Floods and Wild Beasts by Alan Baumler. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.'. The China Quarterly 191, pp 784-785.

Laamann, Lars (2006) 'Review of: Borrowed Gods and Foreign Bodies: Christian Missionaries Imagine Chinese Religion by Eric Reinders'. Victorian Studies, (48) 2, pp 335-336.

Laamann, Lars (2006) 'Review of: China Made: Consumer Culture and the Creation of the Nation by Carl Gerth'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (69) 2, pp 339-341.

Laamann, Lars (2006) 'Opium, soldiers and evangelicals. England's 1840-42 war with China, and its aftermath by Harry Gelber'. Journal of Ecclesiastical History, (57) 1, pp 183-185.

Laamann, Lars (2005) 'Review of: The Spirit and the Flesh in Shandong, 1650-1785 by David Mungello'. 東方文化 Journal of Oriental Studies, (40) 1-2, pp 187-188.

Laamann, Lars (2005) 'Review of: Chinese Medicine in Early Communist China, 1945–63: A Medicine of Revolution by Kim Taylor'. Asian Affairs, (36) 3, pp 424-426.

Laamann, Lars (2005) 'Review of: The Troublesome Legacy of Commissioner Lin: The Opium Trade and Opium Suppression in Fujian Province, 1820s to 1920s by Joyce Madancy'. China Review International, (12) 2, pp 512-514.

Laamann, Lars (2005) 'Fall of the God of Money: Opium Smoking in Nineteenth-Century China by Keith McMahon'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (68) 3, pp 494-495.

Laamann, Lars (2005) 'Review of: Chronique du Toumet-Ortos: Looking through the Lens of Joseph van Oost, Missionary in Inner Mongolia (1915–1921). Leuven Chinese Studies XVI by Anne Heylan.'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (68) 3, pp 487-489.

Laamann, Lars (2005) 'Review of: New Year Celebrations in Central China in Late Imperial Times by Göran Aijmer.'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (68) 3, pp 495-496.

Laamann, Lars (2004) 'Review of: The Bible and the Gun: Christianity in South China, 1860–1900 by Joseph Tse-Hei Lee'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (67) 2, pp 282-283.

Laamann, Lars (2004) 'Review of: The Cambridge History of China, Volume 9, Part one: The Ch’ing dynasty to 1800 edited by Willard J. Peterson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (67) 1, pp 112-115.

Laamann, Lars (2003) 'Les Mandariniers de la Rivière Huai: Le Réveil Religieux de la Chine Author: Benoit Vermander'. The China Quarterly 175, pp 841-843.

Laamann, Lars (2003) 'Review of: Les religieux occidentaux en Chine à l'époque moderne: essai d'analyse textuelle comparée by Pascale Girard. (Collection Publications du Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian.) 619 pp. Lisbon and Paris: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and Commission Nationale pour les Commémorations des Découvertes Portugaises, 2000.'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (66) 2, pp 294-296.

Laamann, Lars (2002) 'Review of: Medizinische Diskurse zu Irresein in China (1600-1930) by Angelika Messner. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 2000.'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (46) 2, pp 286-288.

Laamann, Lars (2002) 'Review of: François de Rougemont, S.J., missionary in Ch'ang-shu (Chiang-nan): A study of the account book (1674–76) and the elogium by Noël Golvers (Louvain Chinese Studies VII). Ferdinand Verbiest Foundation; Leuven University Press, 1999.'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, (65) 1.

Laamann, Lars (1998) 'Fallbeispiel' China: Okumenische Beitrage zu Religion, Theologie und Kirche im chinesischen Kontext edited by Roman Malek. Nettetal: Steyler Verlag, 1996.'. The China Quarterly 153, pp 186-187.


Laamann, Lars Peter (2000) The Inculturation of Christianity in Late Imperial China, 1724-1840. PhD thesis. SOAS, University of London. [Unpublished]


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