november, 2018

mon05nov4:00 pmmon6:15 pmChina in World War IIUniversity Centre

Event Details

World War II has always been an important topic of contemporary history studies. China’s eight years’ resistance to Japan is one of the great untold stories of World War II. As an authority on the history of 19th and 20th century China, Hans van de Ven, Professor of Modern Chinese History from Cambridge University, will depict this historical event in a comprehensive way. This talk will also discuss the changes of China’s politics and ideology after World War II.


Hans van de Ven, Professor of Modern Chinese History, University of Cambridge

Hans van de Ven is an expert on the history of 19th and 20th century China. He is Professor of Modern Chinese History and has served as Chair of the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. He also is Director in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at St Catharine’s College. He has been a Guest Professor in the History Department of Nanjing University and an International Fellow at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, China, in 2005–06. He has written on China’s military history as well as the history of China’s globalization. His book, China at War: Triumph and Tragedy in the Emergence of the New China 1937-1952, was published in 2017 by Profile in London and Harvard University Press in 2018. Linking Press will publish a Chinese translation next year.

Research interests:

History of the Chinese Communist Party before 1949; the history of warfare in modern China from the Taiping Rebellion to the Civil War between the Communists and the Nationalists; the history of Chinese globalization in the 1850-1950 period.


4:00pm-4:20pm Guests sign in, Tea and Coffee

4:20pm-5:40pm Talk: China at World War II

5:40pm-6:15pm Q&A and Networking


Free Entrance


5th november 2018 4:00pm - 5th november 2018 6:15pm


University Centre

Cormack Room, Granta PI, Cambridge, CB2 1RU


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