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Deutsche Bank to support Oxford’s world-leading research on China

Professor Rana Mitter, Director of the University of Oxford China Centre by John Cairns
Professor Rana Mitter, Director of the University of Oxford China Centre by John Cairns

Deutsche Bank, the leading client-centric global universal bank, has announced a major gift in support of the University of Oxford China Centre. The gift will support the Deutsche Bank Director of the China Centre, a position currently held by Professor Rana Mitter.

Professor Mitter is a world-leading academic on the history and politics of China. A proficient Mandarin speaker, he has become well-known in the UK and abroad for bridging the gap between academic research on China and the public sphere. In addition, the gift will support a new Deutsche Bank lecture series, which will become a keynote event for the world’s leading experts on China. Continue reading Deutsche Bank to support Oxford’s world-leading research on China

Rana Mitter receives the 2014 Duke of Westminster Medal for Military Literature

LI42108E7EB220AThe Royal United Services Institute is delighted to announce that the 2014 Duke of Westminster Medal for Military Literature has been awarded to Rana Mitter for his book China’s War with Japan 1937-1945: The Struggle for Survival, (Penguin).

First awarded in 1997, the Medal is bestowed annually for the best book in the English language by a living author, regardless of nationality, gender or age, which represents in the opinion of the Awarding Board a notable and original contribution to the study of international or national security, or the military professions.

The shortlist for the 2014 Duke of Westminster Medal for Military Literature was:

  • Margaret MacMillan, The War that Ended Peace: How Europe Abandoned Peace for the First World War (Profile Books).
  • Eric Schlosser, Command and Control (Allan Lane).
  • Rana Mitter, China’s War with Japan 1937=-1945: The Struggle for Survival, (Penguin)
  • Roger Knight, Britain Against Napoleon: The Organization of Victory (Penguin)
  • Richard Overy, The Bombing War: Europe, 1939-1945 (Penguin)
  • Sir Lawrence Freedman, Strategy: A History (Oxford University Press)

Baroness Neville Jones, Chair of the Judging Panel, said:  ‘Mitter’s work is an elegantly-written, accessible historic contribution which goes a long way towards redressing the Western perspective of World War II in China. Chiang Kai Shek takes centre-stage in this history, the man with all his vision and faults. So does the terrible suffering and bravery of ordinary Chinese. It is an outstanding work, and it was a privilege to award the Medal to this book.’

Rana Mitter, the winning author, said: ‘I am delighted and honoured to have been awarded the 2014 Duke of Westminster Award for Military Literature by RUSI.  It’s a particular pleasure to have won the award for a book about one of the most significant, but least understood theatres of modern conflict China’s eight-year war against Japan from 1937 to 1945. I would also like to extend my deep gratitude to colleagues, students, Penguin publishers, and funding bodies, most notably the Leverhulme Trust, without whom this book would not have been possible.’

Simon Winder, Publishing Director of Allen Lane, said: ‘This is an extremely exciting announcement.  The implications of Rana Mitter’s remarkable book will take a while to sink in – he makes a persuasive case for completely recasting how we see the Second World War.  The Duke of Westminster Medal could not be more dramatic a vindication of Mitter’s argument.’

Professor Michael Clarke, Director General of RUSI, said: ‘Since our foundation RUSI has consistently been at the heart of military research and literature. By honouring the very best new works, The Duke of Westminster Medal is a shining example of how we achieve our mission of recognising outstanding research on defence and security matters. Rana Mitter’s book adds another dimension to our understanding of the Second World War and fills a lamentable gap in our popular, highly ethnocentric, interpretation of the conflict.’

Previous winners of the RUSI Duke of Westminster Medal have included Anne Applebaum, Sir Lawrence Freedman, Sir Max Hastings, Antony Beevor and Sir Hew Strachan.

Read the original story on the RUSI website.

Fourth Oxford Graduate Conference on Contemporary China: Call for Papers

Graduate students from various universities are invited to participate at the Fourth Oxford Graduate Conference on Contemporary China on 22-23 May 2015. This conference, entitled “The revival of ideologies in contemporary China—an interdisciplinary call of ‘bringing ideology back in’ ”, is jointly funded by the University of Oxford China Centre and the Antonian Fund of St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

The one-day conference will be held on Saturday, 23 May at Oxford. On the evening of Friday, 22 May, there will be a specially featured roundtable discussion during which prominent China scholars will offer their thoughts on the theme of the conference. All conference participants are invited to the discussion. Speakers in the previous roundtable discussions included Prof. Patricia Thornton, Prof. Rosemary Foot, Prof. Vivienne Shue, Prof. Jeffrey Wasserstrom, etc.  Read more on the dedicated web page of the Conference. Submission deadline: 23 March 2015.

Dr Paul Irwin Crookes discusses the EU’s relations with China with former President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso

PIC and Barroso - Brussels - Jan 2015_0As part of their research for a forthcoming publication on the politics of the EU’s economic relations with China, Paul Irwin Crookes and his co-author John Farnell had the opportunity to interview Mr Barroso to gain insights into the former Commission President’s perspective on the state of relations between the European Union and China in this 40th anniversary year since the two powers established diplomatic relations.

Key themes explored in the interview included the evolution of the strategic partnership between the EU and China during the 10 years of Mr Barroso’s presidency of the European Commission as well as the likely future trends in the bilateral relationship.

Paul Irwin Crookes and John Farnell are finalising a book entitled The Politics of EU-China Economic Relations: Constraints on Cooperation in the 21st Century under contract with Palgrave Macmillan.

Royal Opening of the Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building

The Duke of Cambridge has formally opened the Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building in the grounds of St Hugh’s College. The University of Oxford has been regarded as Europe’s leading centre for the study of China for some time. The Centre now has a dedicated building bringing its academics with an interest in China under the same roof.

The Duchess of Cambridge had been due to accompany her husband to Oxford. However, it was announced on the day of the opening that she is pregnant with her second child. Kensington Palace said she is suffering from acute morning sickness and so would be unable to attend.

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