The Shortest History of China

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A virtual launch of Linda Jaivin’s book

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Tuesday 28 September 2021 05:00 pm until Tuesday 28 September 2021 06:00 pm (Add to calendar)
La Trobe Asia
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La Trobe Asia
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Launch; Public Lecture; Public

Modern China is seen variously as an economic powerhouse, an icon of urbanisation, a propaganda state or an aggressive superpower seeking world domination. From kung-fu to tofu, tea to trade routes, sages to silk, China has influenced cuisine, commerce, military strategy, aesthetics and philosophy across the world for thousands of years.

China’s history is full of heroes who are also villains, prosperous ages and violent rebellions, cultural vibrancy and censorious impulses, rebels, loyalists, dissidents and wits. The story of women in China, from the earliest warriors to twentieth-century suffragettes, is rarely told. And historical spectres of corruption and disunity, which have brought down many a mighty ruling house, continue to haunt the People’s Republic today.


  • Linda Jaivin, author and co-editor of the China Story Yearbook
  • Dr Ruth Gamble, Lecturer, History, La Trobe University
  • Professor Baogang He, Alfred Deakin Professor and Personal Chair in International Relations, Deakin University

Chair: Dr Bec Strating, Executive Director, La Trobe Asia

A virtual launch of Linda Jaivin’s book , ‘The Shortest History of China’, available from Black Inc books.

PLEASE NOTE: If you would like to purchase a copy of the book, there is a discount available to everyone who registers.  The confirmation and reminder emails will have all the information you need to claim the discount.



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