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Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 19:30

The Ming Great Wall: Political Discussion and Construction Projects

David Spindler
Historian

British Embassy Residence

This lecture takes a closer look at several issues David Spindler raised in a previous talk to Beijing audiences entitled "A Quick History of the Beijing-area Great Wall." In this lecture, he will use case studies to talk about political discussions behind the construction of wall-towers, how Ming wall-builders decided where to build walls, and specific wall construction projects.

David Spindler is an American historian of the Great Wall who lives in Beijing and makes his living speaking to travel and academic groups about this subject. He received training in history in an M.A. program at Peking University, where he focused on Han dynasty history, and at Dartmouth College, where he wrote a thesis on a modern Chinese history topic. His wall-related knowledge is nearly completely self-taught, and comes from research with Ming dynasty texts at libraries in China, Japan, and the U.S., as well as field research on the wall itself.