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China and Japan: A History of Empires

Session 3 of 4-Session Evening Lecture Series

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 6:45 p.m.
Code: 1B0270
A section of the Great Wall of China

The influence of China and Japan on global history has been immense, and goes back further than many Americans may realize. To understand these nations in the context of the modern world, Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University, provides a comprehensive perspective on thousands of years of their pasts.


Modern Chinese History

Jacobs traces the influential issues, episodes, and people that shaped modern China, from the Qing dynasty (1644–1912) to successive 20th-century republics. He reviews the major political, economic, and cultural forces of the late imperial era, and how they transformed over the course of the 19th and 20th century. He focuses on China’s encounter with the West, the legacy of national humiliation, and cultural reform—and reveals why every Chinese president since Deng Xiaoping has a degree in engineering.

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