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Klaus Mühlhahn
Freie Universität Berlin Making China Modern: From the Great Qing to Xi Jinping


17 Apr 2019

4:30 p.m.
4.34 Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus



Rather than understanding China's seemingly sudden rise as a process driven by outside influence or intervention, this talk looks at how China has organized itself over the past century and the institutions and ways of governing the world’s most populous nation. The talk offers a new interpretation and seeks to approach China on its own terms, highlighting both the achievements and setbacks in the ambitious undertaking to make China modern. This helps the reader understand important continuities from the imperial to the Republican, the Communist eras, and through to today’s 21st century economic juggernaut.


Klaus Mühlhahn is Professor of Chinese History and Culture and Vice President at the Freie Universität Berlin. His Criminal Justice in China: A History won the John K. Fairbank Prize in East Asian History from the American Historical Association. Mühlhahn has published widely on modern Chinese history in English, German, and Chinese and is a frequent commentator on China for the German media.


All are welcome. No registration is required.