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The Sino-Vietnam War and China’s Long Route to Winning
May 24, 2019
The Sino-Vietnam War and China’s Long Route to Winning
A little-known war helped shape the future of Southeast Asia.
The Sino-Vietnam War and China’s Long Route to Winning
Cen Yuying: ‘The Cruel Viceroy’
May 24, 2019
Cen Yuying: ‘The Cruel Viceroy’
To the British, he was a “chief criminal.” To the Chinese, his legacy is more complex.
Cen Yuying: ‘The Cruel Viceroy’
May 4, 1919: The Making of Modern China
May 01, 2019
May 4, 1919: The Making of Modern China
100 years later, modern China’s foundational moment has taken on many meanings.
May 4, 1919: The Making of Modern China
Why Did Xi Jinping Visit Manchuria?
October 19, 2018
Why Did Xi Jinping Visit Manchuria?
The region is both central to Chinese history and all-too-often overlooked by Chinese governments.
Why Did Xi Jinping Visit Manchuria?
A Murder in Yunnan: The Margary Affair
October 09, 2018
A Murder in Yunnan: The Margary Affair
A trade war, an unsolved murder, and the founding of the Chinese Embassy in London.
A Murder in Yunnan: The Margary Affair
The British Clerk Who Tried to Spark a Chinese Revolution
June 28, 2018
The British Clerk Who Tried to Spark a Chinese Revolution
The life and confessions of Charles Welsh Mason.
The British Clerk Who Tried to Spark a Chinese Revolution
How Xi’an’s Past Became a Blueprint for Its Future
May 08, 2018
How Xi’an’s Past Became a Blueprint for Its Future
Public memory as a tool of development in Xi’an.
How Xi’an’s Past Became a Blueprint for Its Future
What Might a Chinese World Order Look Like?
April 13, 2018
What Might a Chinese World Order Look Like?
Using the ancient concept of Li to understand a Chinese order.
What Might a Chinese World Order Look Like?
How a British Historian and Hungarian Writer Predicted the Soviet Fall and China’s Rise
January 27, 2018
How a British Historian and Hungarian Writer Predicted the Soviet Fall and China’s Rise
In the early 1970s, Arnold Toynbee and George Urban foresaw two of the developments that would shape the 21st century.
How a British Historian and Hungarian Writer Predicted the Soviet Fall and China’s Rise
The Enduring Relevance of America's Reckoning With the Qing Dynasty
January 19, 2018
The Enduring Relevance of America's Reckoning With the Qing Dynasty
To some extent, the United States is still captured by the romantic notion of a “mission” with China.
The Enduring Relevance of America's Reckoning With the Qing Dynasty
Zheng He's Voyages and the Symbolism Behind Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative
December 22, 2017
Zheng He's Voyages and the Symbolism Behind Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative
What explains Xi's Belt and Road push? Above all, it may about domestic political legitimacy for the Chinese Communist Party.
Zheng He's Voyages and the Symbolism Behind Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative
What China Can Learn from Its First 18 Party Congresses
October 18, 2017
What China Can Learn from Its First 18 Party Congresses
Chinese Communist Party Congresses have not been smooth or regular occurrences over the last 96 years.
What China Can Learn from Its First 18 Party Congresses
Why Did China Add 6 Years to the Second Sino-Japanese War?
January 20, 2017
Why Did China Add 6 Years to the Second Sino-Japanese War?
What the revision to Chinese history textbooks tells us about China.  
Why Did China Add 6 Years to the Second Sino-Japanese War?
China, Spanish America, and the 'Birth of Globalization'
January 06, 2017
China, Spanish America, and the 'Birth of Globalization'
A review of The Silver Way: China, Spanish America and the Birth of Globalization, 1565-1815
China, Spanish America, and the 'Birth of Globalization'
China's Tangled Environmental History
November 05, 2016
China's Tangled Environmental History
Qing Dynasty conquests led to an unprecedented rush for resources, but also laid the roots for modern conservation.
China's Tangled Environmental History
Two Chinas: The <em>Nomenklatura</em> and the Rest
October 10, 2016
Two Chinas: The Nomenklatura and the Rest
China's elites are unable to reckon with the concerns of ordinary Chinese, much like the Soviet nomenklatura.
Two Chinas: The Nomenklatura and the Rest
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