How China's Wartime Past Is Changing Its Present and Its Future, A Presentation by RANA MITTER, the History & Politics of Modern China, Oxford Univ.
A Presentation by Rana Mitter, History and Politics of Modern China, Oxford University
China has always looked to its past to draw lessons for the contemporary political scene. The world was transfixed by Beijing's successful staging of the 2008 Olympics, but China is changing and opening up to the world in a variety of new and often unexpected ways. What does renewed interest in wartime history in China mean for its new status as a global power? Using a combination of historical analysis of wartime China and an assessment of China's future goals in domestic and foreign policy, this talk will give new insight into ways to rethink how China operates as a global power in the 21st century.
Rana Mitter is Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China, Institute for Chinese Studies and Fellow of St. Cross College at Oxford University. His most recent book is Modern China: A Very Short Introduction. Mitter is also the author of A Bitter Revolution: China's Struggle with the Modern World and The Manchurian Myth: Nationalism, Resistance and Collaboration in Modern China. In 2007, Mitter was the recipient of the Leverhulme Research Leadership Award and in 2004 he was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize in History.