Please join us for
China and the World since 1750
Odd Arne Westad
Professor of International History and
Co-Director of LSE IDEAS
Thursday, May 16th, 2013
The Chrysler Building
405 Lexington Avenue, 9th Floor
New York, New York
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About Professor Odd Arne Westad
Odd Arne Westad is Professor of International History at LSE and Director of LSE IDEAS, the LSE's centre for international affairs, diplomacy and strategy. Professor Westad is both a historian and an expert on contemporary international affairs. He has a particular interest in China, where he first studied in 1979. Professor Westad has been instrumental in developing the School's links with China and with Peking University. Among his new books is Restless Empire: China and the World since 1750, which explores China’s foreign affairs since the mid-Qing dynasty, providing an historical framework for understanding the international behaviour of modern China. Earlier this year Professor Westad published The Penguin History of the World, a new world history for the 21st century.
About the Talk
As the twenty-first century dawns, China stands at a crossroads. The largest and most populous country on earth and currently the world’s second biggest economy, China has recently reclaimed its historic place at the center of global affairs after decades of internal chaos and disastrous foreign relations. But even as China tentatively reengages with the outside world, the contradictions of its development risks pushing it back into an era of insularity and instability—a regression that, as China’s recent history shows, would have serious implications for all other nations.