Speaker: RANA MITTER, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China, St. Cross College, University of Oxford
Discussant: ODD ARNE WESTAD, Elihu Professor of History and Global Affairs, Yale University
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LECTURE 1 OF 3: HOW NEW IS THE NEW ERA?
China’s leaders speak today of a “new era” – but East Asia has seen a range of “new eras” in the modern age, defined by Japan, China, and outsiders who encountered both. What defines that novelty and how familiar are the elements that form part of it? The mid-twentieth century saw war, social change and changing global encounters defined as moments when both China and Japan entered a “new” or “special” era in a global context. What continuities and contrasts are there between the past and the present, and what defines that “newness”?
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The Annual Reischauer Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Korea Institute, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, and Harvard University Asia Center.