In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we are joined by Wilson Fellow Felix Boecking, who discusses the unintended consequences of protectionism and the difficulties of strategizing trade wars with a focus on specific examples from China in the early 20th century.  He also highlights his recent book, No Great Wall: Trade, Tariffs, and Nationalism in Republican China, 1927-1945.


Felix Boecking is a Senior Lecturer (UK)/Associate Professor (US) in Modern Chinese Economic and Political History in the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, UK. He was educated at the Universities of Cambridge (PhD, Oriental Studies (Modern Chinese Economic History), 2008) and Oxford (BA, Oriental Studies (Chinese), 2003), and also holds a Certificate from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese-American Studies. His research interests include China’s political economy in its historical context, the history of economics in the People’s Republic of China, and the history of China’s foreign relations. Dr. Boecking is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS) and the Royal Asiatic Society (FRAS). His research has been supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) through a doctoral fellowship, the Universities’ China Committee in London, the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University through an An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship.


John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming.