China as an Outlier in World History
The big questions for Chinese historians about the major dynastic states are: how they were founded and what led to their collapse? How they survived in the interim receives less attention. Yet surviving for several centuries is not the norm in world history and deserves to be analyzed. This is the task that historian Patricia Buckley Ebrey has set herself. She is currently writing a book on this issue and dedicates her EURICS fellowship to it. In 2014, her Emperor Huizong(Cambridge: Harvard University Press) has been selected as one of the “books of the year” by The Spectator, who praised it as “a supreme example of meticulous scholarship and eloquence.” By reading Patricia Ebrey interview in the 15th issue of Briefs|Analyses, you will have a taste of her new volume.