Mark Edward Lewis, Professor of Chinese Culture, Department of History, Stanford University, examines how China's first emperor, Qin, attempted to change the nature of political order when the conquest of all its rivals created a single, unified state, why it failed to make the transition and how the subsequent Han Dynasty succeeded.
What do the changes necessary to make this transition to empire tell us about the distinctive nature of the unitary "world empire" as a political form?
Other lectures in this series:
Oct 5: First Emperor, Last King: The Creation of the Chinese Empire
Oct 12: Photography and the Uprising in India, 1857
Oct 19: The Mongol Empire between Ecology and History: Environmental Questions about the Rise of Chinggis Khan
Oct 26: Amid Three Empires: the Philippines Under Spain, the United States, and Japan, 1565-1946
Nov 2: TBA
Nov 9: China on the Global Stage: Arts of the Qing Empire
Nov 16: Retreat from Empire: Japan's Changing Choices in the Age of Encounter
Nov 23: History and Empire: A Comparative Look at Ottoman, Safavid Persian and Mughal Illustrated Manuscripts
Dec 7: Rethinking Japanese Empire of the 20th Century
SAM member series: $45
Nonmember series: $88