Public Lecture with Prasenjit Duara – ‘Revisiting the Chinese World Order’
May 21, 2018 - 13:15-15:00
Guest lecture with Professor Prasenjit Duara, Duke University
There are unexpected convergences between the imperial Chinese order and the emergent global order. The historical evolution of forms of global domination since the end of the 19th century saw modern imperialism succeeded by what I have called ‘the imperialism of nation-states’ which represented the principal form of domination among states during much of the 20th century and in some form also through the Cold War. Despite continued warfare conducted by the US and others, post-Cold War geopolitical dominance is said to be shaped by the pull of ‘soft power.’ While soft power is an inadequate concept, it suggests a new balance between expressions of violent power and other modes of domination. I will examine the extent to which this notion—which is popular in the Chinese media– has any purchase in understanding the rise of China.
Please register by 14 May.