Stephen Whiteman on Landscape, Space, and Global Connections at the Kangxi Emperor’s Estate at Rehe

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Welcome to the sixteenth episode of the Global History Podcast.

Today we’d like to welcome Dr. Stephen Whiteman, Senior Lecturer in Art and Architecture of China and Head of the Research Degrees Programme at the Courtauld Institute of Art. In his own words, Dr. Whiteman’s “research and teaching focuses on the visual and spatial cultures of early modern China in their global contexts. His current work looks at connected histories of landscape and space in the Qing Dynasty as expressed through gardens, visual culture, and cultural memory.” 

He is the author of Where Dragon Veins Meet: The Kangxi Emperor and His Estate at Rehe (Washington University Press, 2020) and Thirty-Six Views: The Kangxi Emperor’s Mountain Estate in Poetry and Prints (Dumbarton Oaks/Harvard University Press, 2016), with Richard E. Strassberg.

In July of 2020, Jeffery and I spoke with Dr. Whiteman over skype about his new book, Where Dragon Veins Meet, discussing topics including landscape and space in the Qing estate at Rehe and its global connections. Listen on to find out more.

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