Roundtable Discussion 5.3.2020


Global History with Rüdiger Lohlker, Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik and Giorgio Rota

Zeit: Donnerstag, 5. März 2020, 15:00 – 16:30 Uhr

Ort: Hörsaal 50, Hauptgebäude, Hof 6, 2. Stock

Rüdiger Lohlker: “From Samarqand to China: A Global Historical View on the History of Astronomy”

Abstract: The history of sciences is characterized by a genuine Eurocentric worldview. But there is a history of astronomy without Copernicus! We will look at a network of knowledge from Samarqand (and the Caucasus region) to South Asia and East Asia enabling us to look at history as global history.


Giorgio Rota: “The world of Safavid Persia”

Abstract: This presentation offers a brief survey and periodization of the history of the Safavid dynasty (1501-1736), followed by an equally brief overview of its (mostly diplomatic) relations with the rest of the world. Ideally, this will show the complexity of these relations and provide a starting point for further discussion.


Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik: “How the Qing dynasty (1644-1912) ruled China”

Abstract: For many decades, research on the Manchu Qing dynasty argued that sinicization was the recipe the Manchu used to rule China. Only after the “New Qing History” revisited the history of China’s last dynasty, heavily relying on Manchurian rather than Chinese sources, did a form of governance emerge from the sources which is quite different from the Han-Chinese style. The Manchurian rulers divided society into a hierarchy of ethnic groups and allowed for the different ethnicities to follow their own lifestyles despite their integration into the Qing empire. However, with the revolution of 1911 and the founding of the Republic in 1912, the han-Chinese re-established their dominance over the multi-ethnic periphery.