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Odd Arne Westad on The Cold War

Friday, March 29, 2019

This talk is part of the Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium series.

Time and Location

Friday, 03/29/2019
Registration:   6:30-7:00 pm
Talk and Q&A:   7:00-8:30 pm
Refreshments will be provided.

Yale Center Beijing
8 Jianguomenwai Avenue, 36th Floor, Tower B, IFC Building (Yong’anli Station, Exit C)

Registration and Fees


Free for students and teachers; RMB 60 for Yale alumni; RMB 80 for others.

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The language of the event will be English.

The Event

Cold War historian Professor Odd Arne Westad will discuss his latest book, The Cold War: A World History. In The Cold War, Westad offers a new perspective on a century when great power rivalry and ideological battle transformed every corner of our globe. This book expands our understanding of the Cold War both geographically and chronologically, and offers an engaging new history of how today's world was created.

The Speaker

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Odd Arne Westad
Historian, S. T. Lee Professor of US-Asia Relations & Harvard University
(Prof. Westad will join the faculty at Yale in July 2019)

Prof. Odd Arne Westad is a scholar of modern international and global history, with a specialization in the history of eastern Asia since the 18th century. Westad has published sixteen books, most of which deal with twentieth century Asian and global history. Today Westad is mainly interested in researching histories of empire and imperialism, first and foremost in Asia, but also world-wide. He is also trying to figure out how China’s late twentieth century economic reforms came into being and how their results changed the global economy.

In the first part of his career, Westad was mainly preoccupied with the history of the Cold War, China-Russia relations, and the history of the Chinese civil war and the Chinese Communist Party. Since the mid-2000s, Westad has been concerned with more general aspects of post-colonial and global history, as well as the modern history of China.

Westad joined the faculty at Yale after teaching at the London School of Economics, where he was School Professor of International History, and at Harvard University, where he was the S.T. Lee Professor of US-Asia Relations. He is a fellow of the British Academy and of several other national academies.

Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium Series


Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Maurice R. Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of C.V. Starr & Co. Inc. the Yale Center Beijing is pleased to host the Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium Series, which will convene thought leaders from all sectors who, in the spirit of Mr. Greenberg, play pivotal roles in building bridges among China, the U.S., and the rest of the world.

Mr. Greenberg has been a member of Yale Center Beijing’s Executive Council and retired as the Chairman and CEO of American International Group (AIG). In 2018, he was awarded the China Reform Friendship Medal.

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