Second Century Lecture by Professor Jonathan Spence
14 May 2013
Professor Jonathan Spence, who has long been regarded as one of the most influential historians of Chinese history and currently holds the title of Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University, gave a lecture Below the State: The Many Lives of Those Contesting Authority in Eighteenth Century China at the University of Hong Kong on May 14. This public lecture examines how early Chinese sources from three hundred years ago guide us into the worlds where the ordinary bureaucrats lost their way. It looks at the universe of peddlers and doctors, exiles and wanderers, exam candidates and temple guardians, forgers and inn-keepers, fortune tellers, mountain dwellers and travelling salesmen.