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The Presence of the Past in a Fast-Changing China

The Presence of the Past in a Fast-Changing China

  • Date / Time:
  • September 13, 2016
  • 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
  • Venue:
  • Center for the Study of Contemporary China
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • 3340 Walnut Street, 345 Fisher-Bennett Hall
  • Philadelphia. PA. US. 19104-6273

Co-Sponsored by University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Study of Contemporary China and the Foreign Policy Research Institute

This talk will draw on material from the author’s new edited volume, The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China, just published this summer, to explore the various ways that events and stories about the past figure in current Chinese politics.  How do real and imagined historical struggles between China and other countries drive contemporary nationalism?  What is familiar and novel about how Xi Jinping, as opposed to previous Chinese authoritarian figures, Communist and non-Communist alike, has invoked the past to justify his actions?  These are the kinds of questions that will be addressed by the presenter.

Jeff WasserstormJeff Wasserstrom is a specialist in history who regularly writes about current affairs for newspapers, magazines, and online journals of opinion and the author of five books, the most recent of which is Eight Juxtapositions: China through Imperfect Analogies from Mark Twain to Manchukuo (Penguin, 2016).






Open to all, lunch provided.

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