ASST 213
Modern China, 1600-Present Spring 2018 Division II; Exploring Diversity Initiative; Cross-listed as ASST213 / HIST213
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Observers may be struck by the apparent contradictions of contemporary China: market reforms undertaken by a nominally Communist government, extremes of urban wealth and rural poverty, increasing participation in the international community and intensifying nationalist rhetoric. This course will examine China’s historical engagement with the modern world in order to gain perspective on our current views. It will cover the Qing (1644-1911) dynastic order, encounters with Western and Japanese imperialism, the rise of Chinese nationalism, Republican and Communist revolutions, the “other Chinas” of Taiwan and Hong Kong, economic liberalization, and globalization. This course is part of the Exploring Diversity Initiative in that it requires students to engage with questions of difference through studying the development of the modern Chinese nation-state from the multi-ethnic empire of the Qing and China’s particular experiences of imperialism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion
Limit: 40
Expected: 35-40
Class#: 3447
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, two short papers, a midterm, and a self-scheduled final exam
Prerequisites: none; open to all
Distributions: Division II; Exploring Diversity Initiative;
Attributes: GBST East Asian Studies Electives; HIST Group B Electives - Asia

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