Events August 2018


Newly discovered photographs of Beijing, 1900–1902

The photographs of Beijing in this exhibition were taken in 1901 and 1902 shortly after the end of the Boxer Uprising 義和團運動. They come from an album in the possession of Svetlana Paichadze, assistant professor at Hokkaido University. Although we cannot identify the photographer, it is very likely that the photographs were taken by representatives of the Russian legation in Beijing or someone from the military sent to China in 1900 to suppress the Uprising.

CANCELLED — Learning to Fight a Modern War: Armed Forces in Nationalist China, 1928–1937

Kwong Chi Man
This paper examines the ways in which intellectual officers of the National Revolutionary Army (Guomin geming jun 國民革命軍) learnt from foreign military developments in the decade before the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945). It looks at the role of these intellectual officers in effecting military change. It suggests that a considerable number were fixated on the pursuit of a post-First World War “modern” approach to war, which relied heavily on technology and industrial capability. However, this approach proved in the end to be impractical.
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