HoW: History on Wednesday seminar series 30 October – School of Humanities HoW: History on Wednesday seminar series 30 October – School of Humanities

HoW: History on Wednesday seminar series 30 October

James Curran | University of Sydney

Charles Henry Pearson’s National Life and Character (1893): A vision of China’s rise and a post-western world

This paper will explore CH Pearson’s classical work, National Life and Character: A Forecast (1893) and look in particular at how from his Australian vantage point Pearson explored the importance of modernisation for the West and its future relations with the world, especially China.  Pearson was an English liberal intellectual who moved to Victoria in 1870 and in the following decades played a key role in the colony’s public life. He came to believe that the Australian colonies were at the forefront of the social forces modernising the Western world, but predicted that great problems were emerging for the West as this process was extended to Asia, Africa and South America.

James Curran specialises in the history of Australian and American foreign relations. In 2013 he held the Keith Cameron Chair at University College Dublin, and in 2010 was a Fulbright scholar at Georgetown University. Prior to joining academia, Curran worked in The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Office of National Assessments. A non-resident fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, he is also a regular commentator on radio and television, and his opinion pieces on foreign affairs and political culture have appeared in major Australian newspapers as well as theLowy InterpreterChina-US Focus, the East Asia Forum and the Council on Foreign Relations ‘Asia Unbound’ series.


The Department of History hosts a lively departmental research seminar series. Everyone is welcome to attend.

HoW will be held in the MECO Seminar Room S226
Woolley Building A20
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2019 HoW Seminar Series convenor:
Michael McDonnell
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The Department of History is part of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI)

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Oct 30 2019


12:10 pm - 1:30 pm


MECO Seminar Room S226, Woolley Building



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