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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
Revealed: The Truth About China's Legendary Xia Dynasty
August 09, 2016
Revealed: The Truth About China's Legendary Xia Dynasty
New evidence suggests that the so-called "Xia" dynasty may not be a myth.
Revealed: The Truth About China's Legendary Xia Dynasty
Why Isn't Game of Thrones Asian?
June 30, 2016
Why Isn't Game of Thrones Asian?
HBO's hit show--steeped in European history--still borrows some notes from Asian history.
Why Isn't Game of Thrones Asian?
China’s Cultural Revolution at 50
April 28, 2016
China’s Cultural Revolution at 50
Conventional thinking on one of Communist China’s seminal events is often too simplistic.
China’s Cultural Revolution at 50
The Cultural Revolution: An Anniversary Steeped in Embarrassment
April 16, 2016
The Cultural Revolution: An Anniversary Steeped in Embarrassment
The 50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution will pass in silence if China's leaders have their way.
The Cultural Revolution: An Anniversary Steeped in Embarrassment
It's Time for an American Film Depicting the Chinese Theater of World War II
February 15, 2016
It's Time for an American Film Depicting the Chinese Theater of World War II
Why has Hollywood shied away from films about Sino-U.S. cooperation during the Second World War?
It's Time for an American Film Depicting the Chinese Theater of World War II
On North Korea, US Policymakers Misunderstand the History Between Beijing and Pyongyang
February 12, 2016
On North Korea, US Policymakers Misunderstand the History Between Beijing and Pyongyang
U.S. attempts to outsource its North Korea policy to China will fail. History shows us why.
On North Korea, US Policymakers Misunderstand the History Between Beijing and Pyongyang
Memory and History: Forging China’s Identity
January 27, 2016
Memory and History: Forging China’s Identity
Insight from Rana Mitter
Memory and History: Forging China’s Identity
The Surprising Historical Truth About the 'Silk Road'
January 22, 2016
The Surprising Historical Truth About the 'Silk Road'
Why the 'Silk Road' is a massive misnomer, in more ways than one.
The Surprising Historical Truth About the 'Silk Road'
What if the Kuomintang Had Won the Chinese Civil War?
December 24, 2015
What if the Kuomintang Had Won the Chinese Civil War?
What would China’s history look like if Chiang Kai-shek had ignored George C. Marshall’s request in 1946?
What if the Kuomintang Had Won the Chinese Civil War?
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