Modern China and the World Since 1945|
Fall 2018 not offered
This class will tackle key international problems in modern China's history over the past 70 years, beginning with the civil war; the Korean war; the Great Leap Forward; the Cultural Revolution; Deng Xiaoping's economic reform; Tiananmen 1989; Hong Kong's reversion to the PRC; democratization movements in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan; and cross-strait relations over the years. We will explore China's recent assertiveness on territorial issues, as well as the reaction over time to Chinese foreign policy by the United States, Russia, Japan, India, and other key players.
In addition to lectures and discussion, we will engage in some role-playing, with students taking various national and bureaucratic positions in mock negotiations and international exchanges. The goal will be to gain a better understanding both of Chinese options and the role of international players during key moments in modern China's history.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS-History)(CEAS-Polit Econ)
David Shambaugh, CHINA GOES GLOBAL: THE PARTIAL POWER
Ezra Vogel, DENG XIAOPING AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF CHINA
Robert D. Kaplan, ASIA'S CAULDRON: THE SOUTH CHINA SEA AND THE END OF A STABLE PACIFIC
Richard Bush, THE FUTURE OF CHINA-TAIWAN RELATIONS
Frank Dikotter, THE TRAGEDY OF LIBERATION: A HISTORY OF THE CHINESE REVOLUTION 1945-57
Fank Dikotter, MAO'S GREAT FAMINE
David Halberstam, THE COLDEST WINTER: AMERICA AND THE KOREAN WAR
Roderick MacFarquhar and Michael Schoenhals, MAO'S LAST REVOLUTION
Evan Osnos, AGE OF AMBITION: CHASING FORTUNE, TRUTH AND FAITH IN THE NEW CHINA
Richard Berstein, CHINA 1945: MAO'S REVOLUTION AND AMERICA'S FATEFUL CHOICE
James Lilley with Jeffrey Lilley, CHINA HANDS: NINE DECADES OF ADVENTURE, ESPIONAGE, AND DIPLOMACY IN ASIA
Zhao Ziyang, PRISONER OF STATE: THE SECRET JOURNAL OF PREMIER ZHAO ZIYANG
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The main requirements for this course are active participation in the seminar classes, including assigning two students to assist in organizing the discussion of each week's class, and a comprehensive seminar paper of 20-30 pages, topic to be negotiated with the instructor, and due at the end of the course. Subjects can include any relevant topic of Chinese foreign policy, including the approach both of Beijing and other international players. Students will be tasked early in the semester with making a written proposal, in conjunction with the professor, of their paper, with bibliography and a working hypothesis. Active class participation will also weigh in one's final grade.