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“Can We Globalize WWII?: A Chinese Perspective”

April 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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“Can We Globalize WWII?: A Chinese Perspective”

Hans van de Ven, Professor of Modern Chinese History, University of Cambridge
Moderated by Madeleine Zelin, Dean Lung Professor of Chinese Studies, Columbia University

Monday, April 2, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
International Affairs Building, 918
No registration required

This program will build on ideas that emerge from the writing of Professor van de Ven’s recent book, China at War: Triumph and Tragedy in the Emergence of the New China, 1937 – 1953. In his words, “The ‘1953’ is not a typo. The book is focused on China and seeks to expand our understanding of WWII, including by making the argument that in Asia it didn’t stop in 1945, but continued until 1953, when the Korean War drew the USA back into mainland Asian affairs and imposed a new Cold War Order together with the USSR. Doing so forces us to include in our understandings of WWII such developments as the rise of the Chinese Communist Party. WWII shook loose similar movements across East, Southeast, and Asian areas. Part of Professor van de Ven’s argument is that WWII as a term is homogenizing and that we need to account for the very different realities and meanings it had in different parts of the world. The next step in pushing this idea is to move in the other direction: what does WWII look like a) when we put the picture back together again globally, and b) how do we tell the story to younger generations, for whom the older (dare we say Churchillian) versions are no longer that appealing.


April 2
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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