The British Academy 10-Minute Talks: China's good war

29 Apr 2020, 13:00 - 13:30

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The world’s leading professors explain the latest thinking in the humanities and social sciences in just 10 minutes. 

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, in Asia as well as Europe.  Today's China is drawing on its collective memory of the war against Japan to shape its politics at home (including "victory over the virus") and abroad, as it seeks to reshape international order in Asia.  This talk explains what happened during World War II in China and why it matters so much for the politics and society of that country today.

Speaker: Professor Rana Mitter FBA, Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China, Director of the University China Centre, University of Oxford

10-Minute TalkChina's good war

10-Minute Talks are a new series of pre-recorded talks from Fellows of the British Academy screened each Wednesday, 13:00-13:10, on YouTube. Our speakers will type responses to a selection of audience questions in the YouTube comments section between 13:10 and 13:30 on the day of their talk (questions can be added to the YouTube comments section or sent to the British Academy via email).

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