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Will This Be the Chinese Century?" Lecture at AASU

Savannah, GA–China is the world's most rapidly developing country. In just twenty years, extensive changes in its economy, society, and military power have made it a force to be reckoned with. Will China, after a 150-year decline, once again be a major world power, or possibly the dominant power in the twenty-first century?

George Pruden, professor of history at Armstrong Atlantic State University, will explore these questions and more during his lecture, "Will This Be the Chinese Century?," on February 20. The lecture will be held at 12:15 P.M. in room 156 of AASU's University Hall. It is free and open to the public.

In the past two decades, China has outstripped all other countries in the growth rate of its economy, averaging almost ten percent per year. Pruden will talk about this growth in light of China's growing self-confidence—some would say arrogance—since the return of Hong Kong and Macao. He will take a look at whether a country with a market-based economy—but an authoritarian government—can reach its full potential as a world power and dominate the twenty-first century.

The lecture is part of the 2001-2002 Robert Ingram Strozier Faculty Lecture Series. This series is provided as a forum for AASU's teachers to report on original research, investigate subjects of special interests, and present classroom lecture topics that deserve a wider audience. The series also offers an opportunity for members of the community to discover and share the assets of the university that lie beyond the classroom.

For more information, contact Michelle Gordon at 961.3173.



October 16, 2001


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