Modern China: States, Transnations, Individuals, and Worlds|
Spring 2021 not offered
This course examines China's turbulent transition to modernity. It covers the Ming-Qing transition, Manchu conquest of central Eurasia, China's conflict and engagement with the West, birth of China's first republic, and the People's Republic of China under Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, and his successors.
The dramatic transformation of China spanning the late 19th century to the present day is the focus of this course. The Chinese people today continue to deal with the legacy of these reforms, wars, and revolutions, as China's leaders and people dealt with unprecedented challenges. The three central themes of this course are (1) the reconstitution of (a somewhat) unified China after decades of political upheaval, (2) China's vulnerabilities in the face of domestic troubles and threats from abroad, and (3) the challenges of maintaining a high-growth economy with scarce resources.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS)(CEAS-Arcp/Hist)(CGST-MN)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(SISP-Hist Conc)
Jonathan Spence, THE SEARCH FOR MODERN CHINA (Second Edition) (New York: W.W. Norton, 1999)
Pei-kai Cheng and M. Lestz with J.D. Spence, THE SEARCH FOR MODERN CHINA: A DOCUMENTARY COLLECTION (New York: W.W. Norton, 1999)
Henrietta Harrison, THE MAN AWAKENED FROM DREAMS: ONE MAN'S LIFE IN A NORTH CHINA VILLAGE, 1857-1942. (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2005)
Edgar Snow, RED STAR OVER CHINA. (New York: Grove Press, 1994).
Dai Qing, THE RIVER DRAGON HAS COME!: THE THREE GORGES DAM AND THE FATE OF CHINA'S YANGTZE RIVER AND ITS PEOPLE
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There will be two in-class tests, two short papers, and one long research paper.
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