ASST 413
History of Taiwan Spring 2019 Division II; Writing-Intensive; Cross-listed as ASST413 / HIST481

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Almost all discussions of contemporary Taiwan reference the fierce debate over its sovereignty and international status: is the island of Taiwan an independent nation, or an “inalienable part” of the much larger and more powerful People’s Republic of China? Part of the argument for Taiwan’s separate nationhood derives from its claim to a unique history different from that of the P.R.C.. In this tutorial course, we will look closely at the distinctive aspects of Taiwan’s history that underlie this claim, including its aboriginal populations, maritime history, experience of Japanese colonialism, settlement by mainland Chinese after World War II, role in the Cold War, and the development of a Taiwanese ethnic and political identity in the postwar period. The goal of the course is neither to debate nor resolve the “Taiwan question”, but to explore the history and historical arguments that inform it.
The Class: Type: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3314
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly papers and critiques
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: History or Asian Studies majors
Distributions: Division II; Writing-Intensive;
Attributes: HIST Group B Electives - Asia;

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