Naomi Standen on Radio 4

Professor Naomi Standen will be a guest on In Our Time (Radio 4, 16 February), contributing on the topic of the An Lushan Rebellions (755-763), which brought the great Tang dynasty (618-907) to its knees. Historians continue to debate the effects of the rebellions and their significance for later developments in China: were the rebellions the catalyst for changes that ushered in China's early modern period, or does the degree of change depend on where you look?