The Historical Roots of China's Rise


After a long and painful period of dynastic decline, intellectual upheaval, civil war, and revolution, China has had an impressive burst of development and wealth creation. Join Orville Schell and John Delury, authors of Wealth and Power: China's Long March to the Twenty-First Century, in a discussion on China's progression from 19th century decline to its current boom. The authors will also offer their views on how this history helps to explain the great dynamism of the contemporary Chinese economy and society, as well as the challenges facing the country today.


Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society in New York. He is a former Professor and Dean at the University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. He is the author of numerous books on China, and is a contributor to many magazines and edited volumes. Schell was educated at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley. He worked for the Ford Foundation in Indonesia, covered the war in Indochina as a journalist, and has traveled widely in China since the mid-70s.

John Delury is an Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies at Yonsei University in Seoul. He received his Ph.D. in modern Chinese history at Yale University, where he wrote his dissertation on the Ming-Qing Confucian scholar Gu Yanwu. He taught at Brown, Columbia, and Peking universities, and was Associate Director of Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations.

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Event Details

Wed 17 Jul 2013
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
The George Washington University Funger Hall, Room 108 2201 G Street, NW Washington, D.C.
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