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Book Event



Robert Bickers
University of Bristol Out of China


18 April 2017

4:00 p.m.
HKU Bookstore, G/F, Chi Wah Learning Commons, Centennial Campus



Moderator: Professor David Pomfret
Department of History, School of Humanities, The University of Hong Kong


History matters in China, and what matters in China matters to us all. In this talk Robert Bickers will present some of the themes and individuals featured in his new book, using them to present the story of China's confrontation across the twentieth century with the foreign powers who had degraded its sovereignty. This was a struggle that took place in China, in the treaty ports, colonies and leased territories, but also overseas: in New York, Hollywood, Canberra, in London and across the capitals of the West. It took place on battlefields and in conference rooms, but also in galleries and on film sets, on the streets, in the press, on the printed page and on film. And for China's leaders this struggle is not over yet, and in this talk Robert Bickers explains why.


Robert Bickers is Professor of History at the University of Bristol and the author of five books, including Empire Made Me: An Englishman Adrift in Shanghai and The Scramble for China: Foreign devils in the Qing Empire. He has been described as the 'pre-eminent historian of the British in China' (Sunday Times). His new book Out of China builds on his 30 years of research into the history of China's brittle relations with the West, and charts the decline, fall and legacies of the Chinese treaty ports and the Chinese relationship with the West more widely. Born in Wiltshire, he spent part of his childhood in Hong Kong. He now directs the Hong Kong History and the Historical Photographs of China projects at Bristol University.


This event is organized by Swindon Book Co. Ltd. and supported by the Department of History, School of Humanities, The University of Hong Kong.


All are welcome. Registration is required. Register here.