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In November 2012, as part of the UCD Humanities Institute Distinguished Guest Lecture Series, Visiting Professor Guoqi Xu gave this fascinating paper on the topic of ‘Asia and the First World War’. The lecture was recorded for the UCD Humanities Institute podcast series.

Guoqi Xu is Professor of History at the University of Hong Kong, China. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and is one of the world’s most prominent scholars in the fields of modern China and international history. He is the author of several books, including – ‘Strangers on the Western Front: Chinese Workers in the Great War’ (Harvard University Press, 2011) and ‘China and the Great War: China’s Pursuit of a New National Identity and Internationalization’ (Cambridge University Press, 2005). In 2012, he was a visiting fellow of the Humanities Institute and the Centre for War Studies at UCD. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Centre for War Studies.

Image: Tsingtao battle lithograph 1914. A Japanese lithograph, probably showing the Japanese fighting German troops during the conquest of the German colony Tsingtao (today Qingdao) in China between 13 September and 7 November 1914. By Shobido & Co., Tokyo [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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