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Fri, 12 Apr

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Better Read Than Dead

Elizabeth O'Brien Ingleson in-conversation with David Smith and Frances Clarke

Join Elizabeth O'Brien Ingleson, together with David Smith and Frances Clarke, to celebrate the publication of Made in China: When US-China Interests Converged to Transform Global Trade, and to think about the implications of this history for today.

Elizabeth O'Brien Ingleson in-conversation with David Smith and Frances Clarke
Elizabeth O'Brien Ingleson in-conversation with David Smith and Frances Clarke

Time & Location

12 Apr 2024, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia

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About The Event

How and why did China—the world’s largest communist nation—converge with global capitalism? In this new book, LSE historian Elizabeth Ingleson tells the surprising story of how the United States and China went from Cold War foes to finding common cause by transforming China’s economy into a source of cheap labor, creating the economic interdependence that characterizes our world today.

Far from inevitable, Ingleson shows that this convergence hinged upon a reconfiguration of the very meaning of trade. For centuries, the vastness of the Chinese market tempted foreign companies in search of customers. But in the 1970s, when the United States and China ended two decades of Cold War isolation, China’s trade relations veered in a very different direction. Ingleson shows how the interests of US business and the Chinese state aligned to reframe the China market: the old dream of plentiful customers gave way to a new vision of low-cost workers by the hundreds of millions.

Join us to celebrate the publication of Made in China and to think about the implications of this history for today. Ingleson will be in discussion with David Smith from the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre. Frances Clarke from the University of Sydney’s History Department will chair the event.

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    Includes a discounted copy of Made in China

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