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October 12, 2011

Fall 2011 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Kenneth Swope

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Kenneth Swope (PhD, '01), Associate Professor of History, Ball State University

Manifesting Awe: Grand Strategy and Imperial Leadership in the Ming Dynasty

Part of Alumni Lecture Series: The coming academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the U-M Center for Chinese Studies. Many events are being planned to mark this historic milestone, including inviting our alumni to give some of the presentations in the CCS Noon Lecture Series. We hope you will be able to join us for all of the many interesting noon lectures planned for this coming year and next.

October 25, 2011
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Until recently, very little attention has been devoted to the subject of imperial leadership and the role of emperors as supreme military commanders in the Ming dynasty. This talk will discuss the important roles played by Ming monarchs in military strategy and consider whether or not the Ming had a Grand Strategy for defending the empire.

Kenneth M. Swope earned his B.A. at the College of Wooster (1992), M.A. at the Center for Chinese Studies (1995) and Ph.D. in the Department of History at Michigan (2001). He is the author of A Dragon's Head and a Serpent's Tail: Ming China and the First Great East Asian War, 1592-1598 (2009) and numerous articles in Ming dynasty history. He is currently Associate Professor of History and Director of the History M.A. Program at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. His current book project is “The Military Collapse of China's Ming Dynasty, 1619-1644,” scheduled for publication in 2011.

Posted by zzhu at October 12, 2011 08:37 PM