The UCLA CIBER Key Regions/Critical Issues Lecture Series
In this illustrated presentation, historian and blogger Jeffrey Wasserstrom will expand upon some of the arguments ain his latest book, China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2010), and also try to place things that have happened during the eventful year since its completion into historical and comparative perspective. He will also reflect on the challenges for the US of dealing with China's resurgence. What is most familiar and what is most novel about recent developments in China's relations with other countries? How do the latest batch of high-profile books on the PRC, such as When China Rules the World, carry forward or diverge from longstanding patterns in Western thinking about Chinese themes? Can looking back to Chinese protest movements of the last century help us make sense of present-day outbursts of unrest? How can placing China and India side-by-side aid or hinder making sense of contemporary Chinese phenomena? These are the kinds of questions he'll explore.