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About Jeffrey N Wasserstrom

Jeffrey N Wasserstrom is a professor of history at the University of California, Irvine. He writes for a wide range of academic and other periodicals.

Articles by Jeffrey N Wasserstrom

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

China's anniversary tempest

The shape of a year of contested commemorations will be influenced by multiple boycott battles, says Jeffrey N Wasserstrom.

(This article was first published on 24 February 2009)

China’s long march to modernisation

The People's Republic of China was founded on 1 October 1949. Its "reform era", launched in December 1978, has now lasted for over half its life. The double anniversary is a moment for a fresh assessment of these decades, says Jeffrey N Wasserstrom.

(This article was first published on 7 October 2008) 

Tiananmen’s shifting legacy

The Beijing protests of 1989 and the country's turbulent activism of 2008 have more in common than it might appear, says Jeffrey N Wasserstrom.

China’s political colours: from monochrome to palette

A China in social and intellectual ferment is finding new ways to slice the national past. What is gained and what lost when the once-dominant "red" vision is supplemented by the revival of "blue" and "yellow" strands, asks Jeffrey N Wasserstrom

The perils of forced modernity: China-Tibet, America-Iraq

The echo of Japan's colonial project in the 1930s resounds in the policies of today's actual and aspiring global powers, says Jeffrey N Wasserstrom.

One, two or many Chinas?

The waterfall of global commentary about China makes it even more important to appreciate the country's sheer variety and complexities. Here, Jeffrey N Wasserstrom offers a view from the classroom about how these can be conveyed.
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