Hogan Lovells is pleased to invite you to a talk on "Old Peking as a Mongolian Capital of China", presented by Michael Aldrich. The talk is organised in association with the American Center For Mongolian Studies.
The Mongolian contribution to Chinese culture has often been presented as a brief chapter in text books on the history of China. The prevailing attitude among many Chinese throughout the centuries has been that the Yuan dynasty (1271 - 1368 CE) was one of uncultured barbarians. Modern scholarship had begun to disprove this Sino-centric approach and to uncover the culture dynamics of one of China's most cosmopolitan dynasties.
To illustrate the ongoing Mongolian contributions to China, Mr Aldrich will present a lecture on Old Peking as a Mongolian capital of China. In 1271, Kubilai Khan selected Peking as his capital and transformed it into a city carefully modelled on Chinese cosmological principles whose traces can still be seen today. Mr Aldrich will discuss how and why Mongolians leaders achieved this feat. His presentation will also include photographs of existing sites in Peking that were present during Kubilai's era.
Speaker: Michael Aldrich
Michael Aldrich is the managing partner of the Ulaanbaatar office of Hogan Lovells and frequently writes and lectures on Asian history and culture. He has lived in Asia for nearly a quarter of a century. In 2009, he moved to Mongolia to develop his firm's Mongolia practice. Mr Aldrich has been consistently recognized as one of Asia's legal practitioners. As the author of The Search for a Vanishing Beijing (2006), he explores the multi-faceted cultural mosaic of Old Peking.
Mr Aldrich has been consistently recognized for over a decade as one of the leading lawyers in Asia by various legal publications. He received his juris doctor from Columbia University School of Law in 1990, a master's degree in US-East Asian Diplomatic History from SUNY at Stony Brook in 1984 and a BSFS from Georgetown University in 1982.