China’s 21st Century Rise in Historical Perspective
Professor of Chinese History and Culture
Free University of Berlin
With Commentary by
Stephen R. Platt
Professor of History
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Former National Intelligence Officer for East Asia
U.S. National Intelligence Council
Many commentators claim that China's ongoing global rise refects a restoration of its earlier international prominence, while others highlight that China's emergence reflects distinctive characteristics of the country's current political leadership. In his new book, Making China Modern, Klaus Mühlhahn of the Free University of Berlin provides a panoramic survey of China's rise and resilience through war and rebellion, disease and famine. At this event Professor Mühlhahn will focus on the lessons from history that provide insight into China's evolving international position and how the United States and others should respond. Following his initial presentation, we will hear commentary from two eminent analysts of modern China: Stephen Platt of UMass Amherst, author of Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China's Last Golden Age (2018) and Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom (2012); and Paul Heer, author of Mr. X and the Pacific: George F. Kennan and American Policy in East Asia (2018).
This event is made possible through general support to CSIS.