At the conference “Chronologics: Periodisation in a Global Context,” David Mervart reflected on the relative character of European periodisation schemes. By discussing two late 18th-early 19th century Japanese authors who translated the European history into the standard historiographical categories of the Sinosphere, he attempted to offer a counterfactual glimpse on alternative ways of organizing past. In the following think piece, he comes back to some of the topics he dealt with during the conference.
Jon Chappell will be presenting his research on Chinese and European uses of international law from 1842-1895) at the National Library of Taiwan. His presentation examines how European historical precedents were used in Sino-foreign debates about the lawful conduct of foreign relations. For more information, see here.