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ChinaTalk: Paul Kennedy's Jonathan Spence Memories

By Jordan Schneider
Friday, September 9, 2022, 9:21 AM

Prepare a nice cup of tea and put your feet up for a special episode of stories and anecdotes about the late American historian and Sinologist Jonathan Spence, as told by his friend and colleague Paul Kennedy.

He takes us through:

  • Why the worst thing about being stationed in Germany was the drunk British soldiers
  • Conversations about Chinese history with Henry Kissinger
  • How archaeological digs win you contracts with provincial governments
  • Spence's approach to research and scholarship

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Outro Music: 'This Map' from the opera The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci (!!!)

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