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HSTAS 354 A: Modern China: From Empire To Republics

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MW 9:40am - 11:50am
PAA A212
Joint Sections: 
JSIS D 354 A
Matthew Van Duyn

Syllabus Description:

HSTAS 354: Modern China: From Empire to Republics

Instructor: Matthew Van Duyn,

Mon. & Wed. 9:40-11:50, Physics/Astronomy Auditorium (PAA) A212


This course surveys Chinese history from the late nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth century. It examines how “modern China” took shape by focusing on the transformations and changes in the political system, economic structure, and social organization while constantly interrogating what it means to be “modern.” This course will also address developments in cultural and intellectual trends in their changing historical contexts. We will focus on the development of major themes such as imperialism and colonialism, capitalism, gender, socialism, nationalism, and revolution. By the end of the course, you will gain familiarity with the major historical events and figures in China’s recent history. You will also be pushed to develop a critical lens to challenge common perceptions and misperceptions about China’s recent past and its much-hyped place on the present geopolitical world stage.


Course assignments will include short writing assignments, in-class exams, one longer paper, and at least one in-class presentation.

Catalog Description: 
Surveys the major historical events and discourses of twentieth century China and lays a foundation for understanding contemporary China. Themes include reforms; revolutions; colonialism and imperialism; state and society; and social and cultural changes. Offered: jointly with JSIS D 354.
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January 10, 2018 - 9:42pm