Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Kaske

Elisabeth Kaske has joined Leipzig University as professor of modern Chinese society and culture in April 2017, after studying and teaching in Berlin, Beijing, Heidelberg, Frankfurt, Boston, Vienna, Pittsburgh, Taipei, and Princeton. As a historian of late Qing and early Republican China she is interested in China’s rugged path towards modernization. Her studies include the history of German-Chinese military exchange and technology transfer, the emergence of new concepts of language and education, the sale of rank and public office by the late imperial state, and the fiscal regime of the Qing dynasty. Book publications include Bismarcks Missionäre: Deutsche Militärinstrukteure in China, 1884-1890 (2002) and The Politics of Language in Chinese Education, 1895-1919 (2008).