“It is quite common to hear high officials in Washington and elsewhere speak of changing the map of the Middle East, as if ancient societies and myriad peoples can be shaken up like so many peanuts in a jar.”

― Edward W. Said

"A developing country that wants to develop its economy must first of all keep natural resources in its own hands."
- Deng Xiaoping

Saturday, March 25, 2017

2017 Shanghai University New International Student Scholarship

Shanghai University New International Student Scholarship


* Applicable Programs:
(1) Bachelor’s degree programs

(2) Master’s degree programs (except MBA and MTCSOL*)
Note: MBA is short for Master of Business Administration;
    MTCSOL refers to Master of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages.
(3) Doctoral degree programs

Go to apply :www.study-shanghai.org/
* Scholarship Coverage:
Full Scholarship:
(1) a waiver of tuition fee
(2) free on-campus dormitory accommodation
(3) Stipend:     Bachelor: RMB 1100/ month; Master: RMB 1700/ month; PhD: RMB 2100/ month
(4) Comprehensive Medical Insurance and Protection Scheme for International Students in China.
Partial Scholarship:

(1) a waiver of tuition fee
(2) Free on-campus dormitory accommodation
(3) Comprehensive Medical Insurance and Protection Scheme for International Students in China
* Schooling & Duration:
(1) Bachelor’s Degree Program: 4 to 5 years

(2) Master’s degree programs: 2 to 3 years
(3) Doctoral degree programs: 3 to 4 years
Note: The actual scholarship duration is subject to the information on Admission Notice, which cannot be extended in general.
* When to Apply: from present to April 15, 2017(fall intake only)
* ApplicantEligibility

(1)Be a non-Chinese citizen in good health.
(2) Not be an enrolled degree student in Chinese universities at the time of application.
(3) Be a high school graduate under the age of 25 when applying for the undergraduate programs;                     
(4) Be a master’s degree holder under the age of 40 when applying for doctoral programs.

(5)Be a bachelor’s degree holder under the age of 35 when applying for master’s programs.
(6)Be excellent in academic and extra-curricular performance and yet not be rewarded any other scholarships offered by Chinese govern
* ContactEmail

Monday, March 6, 2017

Economic Myths and Public Opinion by Milton Friedman

Economic Myths and Public Opinion by Milton Friedman
The Alternative: An American Spectator  9, no. 4 , January 1976 , pp.  5 - 9

T his morning I’m going to deliver a sermon. My theme comes from Josh Billings, the famous  American humorist of the nineteenth century, who said, “The trouble with people ain’t  ignorance, it’s what they know that ain’t so.” I propose to discuss five myths ab out American  society which are very widely accepted, which have a great deal of influence on public attitudes  and public opinions, and yet which in my opinion are wholly false.
The Myth of the 19th Century Robber Baron 
The first myth might be called the ro bber baron myth. In your courses in history — ordinary  political history, to a lesser extent even in courses on economic history — you will have learned  that the nineteenth century in the United States was an era of rugged, unrestrained individualism  in which  heartless monopoly capitalists exploited the poor unmercifully, ground the helpless  under their heels, and profited at the expense of the rest of the community. The rich got richer  and the poor got poorer; Wall Street was set against the working man. You w ill have learned  from the standard history book that the farmers in the Middle West were being ground between  the millstones of falling prices for the products they sold and higher prices for the products they  purchased. You will have learned that that was the reason for interest in the greenback political  movement, the reason for the development of the populist sentiment in the Middle West and the  South, the reason for that magnificent speech by William Jennings Bryan in 1896, when he asked  whether mankind shall be crucified on a cross of gold.


Britons suffer 'historical amnesia' over atrocities of their former empire, says author

'Britain came to one of the richest countries in the world in the 18th century and reduced it, after two centuries of plunder, to one of the poorest'    

Matt Broomfield

The Independent – March 6, 2017

Britons suffer “historical amnesia” over the atrocities and plunder committed by their empire, Indian MP and author Shashi Tharoor has said.
Dr Tharoor said the British educational system failed to tell the real story of empire, and claimed Britain would have to accept Indian workers and students freely moving across its borders if it wanted to sell its goods in Indian markets following Brexit.
The former UN under-secretary general was speaking to Channel 4 News’ Jon Snow, and was introduced as “one of the world’s foremost diplomats”. He is the author of 15 best-selling works of fiction and non-fiction, all of which address Indian history, culture and society.
Asked whether colonialism was a British or an Indian problem, he said: “It is a British problem, first of all because there is so much historical amnesia about what the empire really entailed.
“The fact you don’t really teach colonial history in your schools... children doing A-Levels in history don’t learn a line of colonial history.


Confronting Academia’s Ties to Slavery


The New York Times - MARCH 5, 2017

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In 1976, archivists at Harvard’s natural history museum opened a drawer and discovered a haunting portrait of a shirtless enslaved man named Renty, gazing sorrowfully but steadily at the camera. Taken on a South Carolina plantation in 1850, it had been used by the Harvard biologist Louis Agassiz to formulate his now-discredited ideas about racial difference.
On Friday, Harvard’s president, Drew Gilpin Faust, stood at a lectern under a projection of Renty’s face and began a rather different enterprise: a major public conference exploring the long-neglected connections between universities and slavery.
Harvard had been “directly complicit” in slavery, Ms. Faust acknowledged, before moving to a more present-minded statement of purpose.


Dr Shashi Tharoor MP - Britain Does Owe Reparations

Thursday, March 2, 2017

(WEEK 10) Global and Regional Development Graduate Course - Quiz-4, Readings and Newspaper Articles

Dear all,
For the next week, we will read and discuss the following articles.

Global Governance
What Is Global Governance? By Lawrence S. Finkelstein
Globalization and Governance By Michael Zurn
Political Economy of EUROPEAN UNION by Tugrul Keskin

For next week, please bring a newspaper article related with critical understanding of Global Governance.


Global Inequality: Unemployment and Poverty
Inequality, Causes and Possible Future By Jeff Frieden

Human Rights and Women Rights
Sociology of Human Rights: Chapter 1. Introduction - Mark Frezzo (Sent by email)
Sen, Amartya "More than 100 Million Women are Missing.
Economist (2010) “Gendercide” The Worldwide war on baby girls” Print Edition. March 4.
"The Sex Market" NY Times.
"Women's Rights: Why Not?" NY Times. 
Class structure for next week:

20 Minutes Newspaper Article Presentation
Lecture on Political Economy of EUROPEAN UNION by Tugrul Keskin
Global Warming or Global Governance? Documentary Environment
The Great Euro Crisis BBC Documentary
The Battle For Europe - After Brexit | BBC Documentary

Best to all,

Tugrul Keskin
Associate Professor
Shanghai University

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Free Online Courses:Qualitative Research Methods; Global Diplomacy; The Emergence of the Modern Middle East and Global History since 1910


Qualitative Research Methods - University of Amsterdam - Starts Mar 13, 2017

Questionnaire Design for Social Surveys - University of Michigan - Starts Mar 20, 2017

Understanding Research Methods - University of London, SOAS University of London - Starts Mar 20, 2017


Global Diplomacy – Diplomacy in the Modern World - University of London, SOAS University of London - Starts Mar 06, 2017

Configuring the World, part 1: Comparative Political Economy – Leiden University - Starts Mar 06, 2017

The Modern World, Part Two: Global History since 1910 - University of Virginia - Starts Feb 27, 2017

The Emergence of the Modern Middle East - Part I - Tel Aviv University - Starts Mar 20, 2017

The Changing Global Order – Leiden University - Starts Mar 13, 2017