Jonathan Spence and My Introduction to Chinese History

I just learned that eminent Chinese historian (or more accurately, historian of China) Jonathan Spence died on December 25. My world feels a little smaller. I should make it clear that I never took a class with Dr. Spence and never met him personally. Nonetheless, he played a role in my introduction to Chinese history…

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Same Song, New Verse–Another Year of History Nerdery

  It’s become a tradition. I devote my first post of the year to writing about the historical topics that I expect will occupy my time in the coming year. It’s a way to put my thoughts in order about the projects ahead.  You all are kind to indulge me. This year I could simply…

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Home for Christmas, the 2021 Edition

Last year, like much of the world, My Own True Love and I stayed home for Christmas. This year, we’re heading out to visit my family. I’m pretty excited. It’s been more than two years since I’ve seen them. (Also like much of the world, alas.) As I have done over the last several years,…

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