Free Public Talk on China: Silkworms to Gunboats
|Dates:||11 June 2014|
|Times:||13:00 - 14:00|
|What is it:||Talk|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
James Trapp is China Education Manger at the British Museum, London, where he supports the study of Chinese art, history and culture for primary and secondary schools.
China's dramatic rise as a world economic super-power at the beginning of the 21st century is viewed with surprise and a degree of fear by many in the West. Yet what we have forgotten is that for more than 80% of the last 2000 years, China has been the richest and most powerful trading country in the world. 1800 year apart, desire for China's exports almost bankrupted both Imperial Rome and Imperial Britain. In this talk, James Trapp will look at the complex network of economic and cultural contacts that connected China with the rest of the civilized world over centuries, and will try to break down some of the barriers with which we separate China and Chinese culture as something too different and inaccessible.
All the Confucius Institute public talks are free to attend and there is no need to book.
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