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Wednesday Seminar | Globalisation and a Pandemic: Revisiting the Mongol Empire | 8th December @ 3:00 PM IST | Zoom Webinar

08 Dec 2021
Ravi Bhoothalingam
Venue: Zoom Webinar
Time: 3:00 PM

The Mongol empire under Genghis Khan and his successors was an early and remarkable example of globalisation, brought about by what was once considered 'only' a nomadic civilisation. At its maximum expanse, the Empire stretched from the Sea of Japan to the gates of Vienna, and from Persia in the south to the Baltic Sea in the north. But from Inner Asia also arose the "Black Death"--the bubonic plague that wiped out nearly 40% of Europe's population. Today, as we experience both the benefits and the travails of globalisation, as also live through a global pandemic, revisiting the Mongol Empire may well reveal some insights for our times.

 

About the Speaker

After 32 years in senior corporate roles in India and overseas, Ravi Bhoothalingam is currently Founder and Chairman of Manas Advisory, a Consultancy practice focusing on Top Management Coaching. He is an Honorary Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. He is a B.Sc. (Hons) in Physics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and holds a Master’s degree [M.A. Cantab] in Experimental Psychology from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, where he trained under the renowned Sinologist and scientist Joseph Needham. He also holds an AMP from Harvard. Ravi Bhoothalingam has served on the Boards of Directors of Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd, Hyderabad, Sona Koyo Steering Systems Ltd, New Delhi, ITC Ltd., Kolkata, and is a former Managing Director of VST Industries Ltd., Hyderabad. He has travelled extensively in China and its neighbourhood, having led expeditions across Tibet, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Mongolia and Myanmar. He is also a member of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Core Group on China and sits on the Editorial Boards of China Report and World Affairs, two international journals published out of India. His interests also cover the history of China and practice of Confucianism, Sino-Indian business and economic ties. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London.

 

About the Chair

Madhavi Thampi is an Honorary Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, and Editor of its journal China Report. She was an Associate Professor at the Department of East Asian Studies in Delhi University, where she taught Chinese History. Her publications include the monograph Indians in China, 1800-1949 (2005). She has co-authored (with Brij Tankha) Narratives of Asia from India, Japan and China (2005), as well as a book entitled China and the Making of Bombay (with Shalini Saksena, 2009). She is also the editor of the volume India and China in the Colonial World (2005, 2010). She recently coordinated a project to catalogue materials related to modern China in the National Archives of India, and is also a member of the Expert Group involved in compiling the Encyclopaedia ofIndia-China Cultural Contacts jointly sponsored by the Government of Indiaand the Government of the People’s Republic of China. National Archives of India, and is working on a history of relations between India and China during World War II based on archival materials.

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  • The Mongol empire under Genghis Khan and his successors was an early and remarkable example of globalisation, brought about by what was once considered 'only' a nomadic civilisation. At its maximum expanse

  • The Mongol empire under Genghis Khan and his successors was an early and remarkable example of globalisation, brought about by what was once considered 'only' a nomadic civilisation. At its maximum expanse

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