Mark Edward Lewis (Department of History, Stanford University), in his paper, China: From Empire to Nation, will draw from over twenty years of experience researching aspects of political authority and communal identity from periods of imperial China contemporary with the succession of empires in the ancient and medieval Mediterranean. His works include, among many other books and numerous articles, Sanctioned Violence in Early China (1990), Writing and Authority in Early China (2002) and Chinas Cosmopolitan Empire: The Tang Dynasty (2009). Professor Lewis received his graduate degrees at the University of Chicago and currently holds the Kwoh-Ting Li Chair of Chinese Culture.
Walter Scheidel (Department of Classics, Stanford University) will present The Rise and Demise of Universal Empire: Rome, Europe and China. Professor Scheidels research examines a wide range of topics in social and economic history, with particular emphasis on ancient demography, slavery and state formation. His many important works include the recent edited volumes, Rome and China: Comparative Perspectives on Ancient World Empires (2009) and The Dynamics of Ancient Empires: State Power from Assyria to Byzantium (2009 with Ian Morris), and seminal works for the Journal of Roman Studies and the Journal of Roman Archaeology. Professor Scheidel received his graduate degrees at the Universities of Vienna and Graz and currently holds the Dickason Chair of Humanities.
This event has been generously funded by the Athenaeum, the Department of History at CMC and the Luce Fund.