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Robert Bickers

 Robert Bickers

The Scramble for China: Foreign Devils in the Chinese Empire
Tue 28 May 2013, 18.00-19.30 (PAST EVENT)
Watershed, Bristol (see map)


The past matters in China today as never before. This talk by Professor Robert Bickers of the University of Bristol explores the foreign impact on the nineteenth century Chinese empire, a tale largely forgotten overseas, especially in Britain, but always close to the surface in China itself.

This is a Past Matters: Reading History, Making History event. Past Matters is part of the InsideArts programme of public events organised by the Department of History and the Centre for Public Engagement, University of Bristol in association with the Bristol Festival of Ideas.

Note: this is a rescheduled event which was originally planned for 21 March.


Robert Bickers is the author of the highly-acclaimed Empire Made Me. He has written extensively on Chinese history and is currently Professor of History at the University of Bristol. To write his latest publication, The Scramble for China, he travelled extensively, visiting many of the haunting sites scattered across China that feature in the book.

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