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The Challenge of Writing about a Fast-Changing China: Notes from the Borderland Between Scholarship and Journalism, with Jeff Wasserstrom and Mara Hvistendahl

This episode is another joint venture with The China Beat blog, a recording of the conversation between Jeff Wasserstrom and Mara Hvistendahl held at UC Irvine on April 23rd.  As described on the China Beat, “The lively discussion covered Hvistendahl’s … Continue reading

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"Letters to a Tenured Historian" now available

My Writing of History class is now reading exemplary histories. In historiography-driven courses, so often the new trumps all. But when a course focuses on history writing, there is a fruitful dialogue between new books and old, often with a different … Continue reading

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Episode 3, Part 2: Jeff Wasserstrom

This MHP episode offers an informal interview with China historian Jeff Wasserstrom, where he discusses a variety of topics about writing history. He gives advice on publishing book reviews, overcoming writer’s block, and names some of his favorite history books. … Continue reading

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Episode 3, Part 1: Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Episode Three offers a selection from Jeffrey Wasserstrom‘s latest book, China’s Brave New World: And Other Tales for Global Times. Following a reading of the essay “Mr. Mao Ringtones,” Jeff speaks about how he came to write a book of … Continue reading

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"Writing History" Seminar: Studying the craft of historical writing

This quarter I’m taking a seminar called “Writing History” with Jeffrey Wasserstrom, author of China’s Brave New World. The aim of the class (from the syllabus) is to “explore the qualities of historical writing as writing and to see whether … Continue reading

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