Speaker: Dr. Joseph (Seppi) Lehner, Assistant Professor, Department of Archaeology, University of Sydney
Akira Kurosawa’s brilliantly conceived re-telling of Shakespeare’s King Lear magically mixes Japanese history, Shakespeare’s plot and Kurosawa’s own feelings about loyalty in the masterpiece, “Ran”. Set in 16th-century Japan, Lord Hidetora, announces his intention to divide his land equally among his three sons. This decision to step down unleashes a power struggle between the three heirs. (Running time: 2 hours, 42 minutes)
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Annual William & Lois Matthews Samuel Pepys Lecture
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The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America
The Killing Season explores one of the largest and swiftest, yet least examined, instances of mass killing and incarceration in the twentieth century—the shocking antileftist purge that gripped Indonesia in 1965–66, leaving some five hundred thousand people dead and more than a million others in detention.
Spatial mobility among officials has been an important mechanism of political control in China’s governance. We propose a model of stratified mobility across administrative jurisdictions to explain patterns of spatial mobility in the Chinese bureaucracy, and develop related concepts, typologies, and measures for our empirical analyses. We illustrate our theoretical arguments using empirical findings of spatial mobility in a large bureaucracy—local governments in one province of China, from 1990 to 2008.
Early in the twentieth century, Iranian-Jewish communities experienced two different pressures from two different developments, each pulling them in another direction. First came the Constitutional Revolution in Iran (1906-911), which promised equal citizenship, and then the Balfour Declaration (1917) and the emergence of Zionism, which stirred thoughts of redemption in the holy land.
This chapter explores archival business records, correspondence, visual images and material evidence to establish the importance of a regional trans-Saharan economy of indigo cottons to fast expanding Atlantic commerce. It argues that this local industry depended on the labor of women dyers who are rarely considered as important economic actors in the historiography for this period, which tends to focus almost exclusively on merchant signares and coastal trade.
This presentation will analyze the reasons why the British electorate chose to leave the European Union in the 23 June 2016 referendum. It will argue that this was the response by Prime Minister David Cameron to domestic political constraints but revealed hitherto partly concealed divides within the British population that the political class had failed to address. Finally it will assess the present situation in London and Brussels as far as the Brexit negotiations and explain the complexities of the leaving process.