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  • | 27 August, 2019

    The PRC At 70: A Reappraisal

    The history of  the PRC is a history of aspirations and betrayals, of new beginnings and hard landings, of experimentation and failure. Periods of construction were followed by phases of destruction. Ambitions and confidence, tempered by deep-seated anxieties, led to frequent policy changes, often involving violent and painful processes, leadership struggles, policy reconfigurations, and system crises. As a result the PRC has been powerful and powerfully insecure. The talk will use an institutional approach to explain the  causes for the volatility und inherent instability of PRC history.


    Speaker | 8 August, 2019

    Long Peace Street – Chang An Avenue and Modern China

    Long Peace Street – A History of Chang An Avenue and Modern China
    A talk by author Jonathan Chatwin

    We can all pick out Chang’an Jie on a map ; occasionally we drive along it; sometimes we walk a small stretch. But rare is the person who knows the imposing street intimately or has walked it all.

    One person who has is British sinophile Jonathan Chatwin, spending months exploring the twenty-mile show street and the alleys that flank it.

    Chatwin will discuss the long and evolving history of Chang’an and show how its transformation fits into the wider story of China’s rise.

    “Filled with insights, observations and anecdotes, Chatwin brings to life the past – and present – of one of the world’s great cities in an account that is as thoughtful as it is informative.” Peter Frankopan, Professor of Global History at Oxford University and author of The Silk Roads.

    Dr Jonathan Chatwin is the author of Long Peace Street: A walk in modern China, and Anywhere Out of the World, a literary biography of the travel writer and novelist Bruce Chatwin. He holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Exeter. His essays and articles have been published by the British Film Institute, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Caixin, Time Out and the Asian Review of Books amongst others, and he writes regularly on Chinese history and culture for a range of publications.

    DATE: Thursday 8 August, 6 pm
    LOCATION: Finnish Ambassador’s Residence, 30 Guanghua Lu
    RSVP: www.fccchina.org
    FEE: Members free, non-members 100 RMB