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Stephen Platt

Monday, January 21, 2019

Topic: How China's Nineteenth Century Shapes its Present and Future

Stephen R. Platt is a historian of modern China. He is a professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and holds a PhD in history from Yale University, where his dissertation won the Theron Rockwell Field Prize. A fellow of the National Committee on US-China Relations’ Public Intellectuals Program, he seeks to engage the wider public in deeper issues of China’s history and its relations with the West. His newest book is Imperial Twilight (Knopf, 2018), a history of the long-term origins of the Opium War. His previous books includeProvincial Patriots: The Hunanese and Modern China (Harvard University Press, 2007), and Autumn in the Heavenly
Kingdom
(Knopf, 2012), which was a Washington Postnotable book, a New York Times Book Review editors’ choice, and won the 2012 Cundill History Prize.

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Upcoming Speakers

  • Monday, January 21, 2019
    Stephen Platt
    Topic: How China's Nineteenth Century Shapes its Present and Future
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  • Monday, March 18, 2019
    Alan Makovsky
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  • Monday, May 13, 2019
    Gregory Gause
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  • Monday, June 10, 2019
    Anne Barnard
    Topic: Syria
  • Monday, July 8, 2019
    John Shattuck
    Topic: Europe's Illiberal Democracies

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Posted on Sunday December 31

by Kerry Emanuel:      “As the United States struggles to recover from two back-to-back hurricanes, it would be wise to reflect on why we keep having such calamities and whether they are likely to get worse. We must first recognize the phrase “natural disaster” for what it is: a sham we hide behind to […]

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by Juan Cole:           “Saudi Arabia is alleged to be hiring a PR firm to improve its tattered image in the West .    As usual, such a campaign confuses substance with fluff and the money will be wasted. I am sympathetic to Saudi feelings that they get an unfair rap. […]

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Posted on Friday December 4

by Andrew Bacevich         In April 2003, with Baghdad occupied by American troops, the top officials of the Bush administration were already dreaming of building bases in Iraq that would be garrisoned more or less in perpetuity. Everyone was too polite to call them “permanent bases,” so they were sometimes referred to […]

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Posted on Thursday August 9

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