Chen Jian on Zhou Enlai and the Chinese Revolution

Chen Jian

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER.  WE WILL ATTEMPT TO RESCHEDULE LATER IN THE YEAR.

As part of the on-going weekly history cosponsored by the National History Center and the Woodrow Wilson Center, Professor Chen Jian of Cornell University will be speaking on Monday, February 8 at 4:00 pm.

Professor Jian will be discussing “Zhou Enlai and the Paradoxes of the Chinese Revolution.”

The revolution transformed China, and in many ways, the world.  It shaped the conditions for “China’s prolonged rise.”  Yet it also resulted in some of the worst human tragedies of the twentieth century, not least the famine following the failure of the “Great Leap Forward.” Zhou Enlai was a central figure of the Chinese Communist revolution, and a person of paradoxes himself.  By revealing Zhou’s dilemmas and choices, China’s path toward modernity can be better defined and understood.

Chen Jian is the Michael Zak Professor of History for U.S.-China Relations at Cornell University.  He is also a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Distinguished Visiting Research Professor at the University of Hong Kong, and Zijinag Visiting Professor at East China Normal University.  His books include China’s Road to the Korean War (1994); The China Challenge in the Twenty-first Century (1998); and Mao’s China and the Cold War (2001).  He is completing a biography of Zhou Enlai.

This seminar is part of a series that seeks to advance historical knowledge in relation to contemporary national and international affairs.  Click here to see a complete listing of the schedule of speakers and topics, as well as videos of the presentations.

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