Reconsidering1911: Republican Revolution or The Failure of Qing Reform?

Joseph Esherick- Professor of Chinese History,University of California, San Diego

Professor Esherick will  talk about how the discussion of the history of the 1911 revolution is shifted from the revolutionaries (Sun Yat-sen as Father of the Nation and so forth) and their activities towards the failure of the late Qing reforms, especially in its final years under the regency of Zaifeng. A discussion section will follow Professor Esherick’s talk.

Holder of the Hwei-chih and Julia Hsiu Chair in Chinese Studies at UCSD, Professor Joseph Esherick is a one of the most celebrated historians of modern China in the U.S. He specializes in the intersection of social developments and political movements in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A graduate of Harvard College (1964, summa cum laude), with a Ph.D. from U.C., Berkeley (1971), he taught at the University of Oregon before moving to UCSD in 1990, where he has chaired the program in Chinese Studies, served as chair of the Advisory Committee of the Institute for International, Comparative and Area Studies (IICAS) and received (together with Paul Pickowicz) the 2003 Chancellor's Associates Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. Beyond UCSD, he serves on the editorial boards of the China Quarterly, Modern China, Asia Major, and China Review International.

Thursday, February 16, 2012 | 2:30 pm — 4:00 pm
Building 250 - Room 108, Main Quad

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