SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

SOAS History Seminar

History offers one weekly seminar for invited speakers and provides an opportunity for scholars, students and the public from around London to engage with issues at the heart of historical research on Asia, Africa and the Middle East. 

Wednesday, 17.00-19.00, SOAS Main Building, Room G3

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  • State and Society during China's Republican Era (1911–1949)
  • Xavier Paulès (EHESS)
  • Two political notions of crucial importance transformed China during the first decades of the twentieth century. First, the legitimacy of the State was no longer derived from divine power but from a constructed social entity: Society. Second, this social body was to be shaped and organized by the State for the purpose of strengthening the nation in the context of a highly competitive international environment.