Wednesday, March 25th 7-9pm–1943: China at the Crossroads-Professor Joseph Esherick

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Date(s) - Wednesday, March 25 2015
12:00 am - 9:00 pm

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1943: China at the Crossroads

Professor Joseph Esherick

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

7:00-9:00 p.m.

Doors open 7:00 pm, event starts 7:30pm

World War II was a transformative moment, shaping the world we live in. In China, this period of war witnessed the disintegration of Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist regime and the rise of the Communists, who started as a ragtag group of survivors of the Long March, and came to possess an army of a million men. How did this happen? In seeking the answer, Chinese history professor Joseph Esherick examines one critical year — 1943 — when the Allies renounced the unequal treaties, Chiang Kai-shek met with Roosevelt and Churchill at Cairo, Mme Chiang Kai-shek made her memorable trip to the UnitedStates, the Communists launched a hunt for suspected spies, and millions of peasants perished in the Henan famine. Esherick will also discuss how and why China today is — and is not — like the China of 1943.

Venue details: Glo London

1 Wulumuqi Lu, near Dongping Lu

 乌鲁木齐路1号, 近东平路

Tel: 6466 6565

Admission: SFCC members: 50 rmb; Non-members: 100 rmb.

The price includes 2 drinks.

About the Speakers:

Joseph Esherick is a modern Chinese history professor and author who has lived, taught and conducted research in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan. His 1987 book on The Origins of the Boxer Uprisingwon the John K. Fairbank Prize of the American Historical Association and the Joseph R. Levenson Prize of the Association for Asian Studies.  He taught for two decades at the University of Oregon, and moved to the University of California at San Diego in 1990. He served twice as director of the University of California Education Abroad Program at Peking University (1994-95 and 2010-11).  His work has focused on the transformation of Chinese cities, local elites, American policy toward China during WWI, the Cultural Revolution and the transition from empire to nation. Retired since 2012, he lives in Berkeley, Calif.


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