Jan Nederveen Pieterse - History of China 101

Here is your “China Survey Course 101” covering what we can expect from today’s China and what that means for the West, taught by a global expert who puts it into the historical perspective you need to make sense of it all.  Jan Nederveen Pieterse, Mellichamp Professor of Global Studies and Sociology in the Global & International Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is a big thinker.  He specializes in globalization, development studies and cultural studies and he knows China like no one else with whom I’ve spoken.  Born in Amsterdam, Jan speaks Dutch, English, French, German, and Italian and is a prolific author, with four (!) more books, all related to China and Asia, coming out this year.  

In this podcast, Jan shares his kaleidoscopic takes on China from the standpoint of “empire” which he traces back to the classical empires, then to the Crusades, to the new imperialism and contemporary hegemony.  And he gives us his perspective on how America’s current leadership could be affected by China’s actions.  Best of all, he gives us his prognosis for what our near future could look like from a global perspective, and the role China will play in shaping it.

If you are interested in placing China and contemporary America into a meaningful future context from an informed global perspective, listen to this podcast.  I know you will find it informative, provocative and challenging.

Jan Nederveen Pieterse Bio

Jan Nederveen Pieterse is Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Distinguished Professor of Global Studies and Sociology at University of California Santa Barbara. He specializes in globalization, development studies and cultural studies with a focus on 21st century trends. He held the Pok Rafeah Distinguished Chair at Malaysia National University, 2014-2015. He taught global studies at Maastricht University, Freiburg University and in many countries. He is the author or editor of 25 books including Globalization and Culture: Global Mélange (2015), Development Theory: Deconstructions/ Reconstructions (2010), Is there hope for Uncle Sam? (2008), Ethnicities and Global Multiculture (2007). He edits book series with Routledge (Emerging Societies) and Palgrave MacMillan (Frontiers of Globalization).