ASIA 213
Modern China, 1600-Present Spring 2025
Division II
Cross-listed HIST 213

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China’s presence continues to grow in our world today, but contemporary China also evinces complex contradictions: a market economy promoted by a nominally Communist government, extremes of urban wealth and rural poverty, increasing participation in the international community and intensifying nationalist rhetoric. This course examines China’s historical engagement with the modern world to offer perspective on its current conditions. We will begin with the Qing (1644-1911) conquest of China and consolidation of a multi-ethnic empire, and investigate China’s encounters with Western and Japanese imperialism, the rise of Chinese nationalism, Republican and Communist revolutions, and the often turbulent history of the People’s Republic. Throughout, we will examine themes of social, economic, intellectual, and cultural change through predominantly primary source reading and analysis.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 40
Expected: 30-40
Class#: 3444
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, two short papers, two essays, a midterm and a self-scheduled final exam
Prerequisites: none; open to all
Enrollment Preferences: open to all; preference to History or Asian Studies majors only if overenrolled
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ASIA 213 Division II HIST 213 Division II
Attributes: GBST East Asian Studies
HIST Group B Electives - Asia

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