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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.
Format: lecture; discussion
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
class participation, two short papers, two essays, a midterm and a self-scheduled final exam
none; open to all
open to all; preference to History or Asian Studies majors only if overenrolled
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GBST East Asian Studies Electives
HIST Group B Electives - Asia