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Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 19:30

China 1912-1949 and Its Lessons for Today

Jonathan Fenby

Author and Historian

Embassy of Poland


Bolan Dashiguan

1 Ritan Lu



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For over a century from the 1850s, China endured as victim to oppression, invasion, civil war and natural disasters. This makes its current position as the newest and, arguably, most important global superpower all the more extraordinary. Distinguished historian Jonathan Fenby will present a comprehensive account of China's past, articulate its remarkable contemporary transformation and draw the links between that tumultuous backdrop and the China of today.

Jonathan Fenby is author of fourteen books, including the recent, Penguin History of Modern China. Formerly editor of The South China Morning Post, The Observer and Reuters World Service, he has also held senior editorial positions with The Economist, The Independent and The Guardian. Based in London, Mr. Fenby was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) and Knight of the French Order of Merit. Currently, he is China Director at the research service, Trusted Sources (