|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.
Wednesday 23, October 2019
Lecture 1: "The Historical Silk Road and the Belt-and-Road Initiative"
With its bold promise of new infrastructure to link East and West, China's ambitious Belt-and-Road Initiative has been much in the news in recent years. History is a powerful part of the logic of the BRI, framed as the revival of ancient trade routes across Eurasia. But where did the idea of the Silk Road come from? What sorts of goods really moved along the Silk Road, and what inspired that movement? This talk will consider the BRI and its stated goals of economic development within a wider historical and geopolitical context, arguing that real similarities between the BRI and the historical Silk Road, though real, lie elsewhere than usually described.