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Empire and Righteous Nation: 600 Years of China-Korea Relations

Saturday, May 30, 2020

This talk is part of the Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium.


May 29th, 2020 8:30PM-9:30AM (EST)
May 30th, 2020 8:30AM-9:30AM (Beijing Time)

Participating Format

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The language of the event will be English.

The Event

This talk is about a small book on a very big topic. Its purpose is to explain to general readers how Korea’s relationship with China has developed over the past 600 years. Understanding long-term historical developments is essential for grasping today’s international affairs, especially in cases where that history is not well known to an international audience. And, given that Sino-Korean relations will be of crucial importance in the future whatever happens in or around the Korean peninsula, having some knowledge of what has happened in the past may help recognize new opportunities or avoid false paths, over the years to come.

The Speaker

Odd Arne Westad
Elihu Professor of History and Global Affairs

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

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, 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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