Seminar The Shortest History of China
September 28 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Australia/Canberra
Modern China is seen variously as an economic powerhouse, an icon of urbanisation, a propaganda state or an aggressive superpower seeking world domination. From kung-fu to tofu, tea to trade routes, sages to silk, China has influenced cuisine, commerce, military strategy, aesthetics and philosophy across the world for thousands of years.
China’s history is full of heroes who are also villains, prosperous ages and violent rebellions, cultural vibrancy and censorious impulses, rebels, loyalists, dissidents and wits. The story of women in China, from the earliest warriors to twentieth-century suffragettes, is rarely told. And historical spectres of corruption and disunity, which have brought down many a mighty ruling house, continue to haunt the People’s Republic today.
Linda Jaivin, author and co-editor of the China Story Yearbook
Dr Ruth Gamble, Lecturer, History, La Trobe University
Professor Baogang He, Alfred Deakin Professor and Personal Chair in International Relations, Deakin University
Chair: Dr Bec Strating, Executive Director, La Trobe Asia
A virtual launch of Linda Jaivin’s book , ‘The Shortest History of China’, available from Black Inc books