Yuri PinesYuri Pines (b. Born: 1964, Kiev, Ukraine) is an Israeli sinologist and a Professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Pines was born in Kiev, Ukraine and immigrated to Israel as a child in 1979. He studied under Lothar von Falkenhausen at UCLA and under Liu Zehua at Nankai University, in Tianjin, earning the PhD at Hebrew University in 1998.
According to Rafe de Crespigny writing in The American Historical Review, Pines attributes the endurance of the unified Chinese state, in both the imperial and contemporary periods, "to the fact that philosophers of the Warring States period, whatever their other differences, agreed on the principle of unification under a powerful ruler, and this principle became the basis of Chinese political thought." Provided by Wikipedia