|Description||The Department of History proudly presents the 2019 Charles Edmondson Historical Lecture Series!
Dr. Mark C. Elliot, Vice Provost for International Affairs & the Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History from Harvard University, will present at this two-part lecture series on Wednesday, October 23, at 4:00pm and Thursday, October 24, at 4:00pm in Bennett Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.
Thursday 24, October 2019
Lecture 2: "History and Politics in China Today: The Reception of The New Qing History"
It is a truth universally acknowledged that national governments everywhere look to history for political legitimation. The intertwining of history and politics, which has lately led to the rise of "nostalgic nationalism" in many places, is observed also in China, where responses to new interpretations of the history of the last imperial state, the Qing (1644-1912), reveal a widespread effort not only to defend traditional narratives of the Chinese past, but also to attack scholars who offer alternative views as hacks lacking basic cultural literacy, neo-Orientalists forcing Western paradigms on Chinese facts, or even as secret agents plotting regime change. How to understand these developments, and what they mean in light of the deterioration of US-China relations, is the focus of this lecture.