HISTORY 328 - Humanities Topics in History
Winter 2017, Section 010 - 20th Century China: The Quest for Wealth and Power
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Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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n 1900, China was laid low. Its government was teetering towards bankruptcy, its ruling dynasty was headed towards collapse, and its capital was occupied by foreign troops, including US Marines. For much of the next century, a parade of Chinese thinkers, reformers, and revolutionaries vowed to reverse that humiliation and recover their nation’s wealth, dignity, and power. Today, with China resurgent, those vows have arguably been fulfilled.

Together, we will explore China’s tumultuous journey through the 20th century, and the grip of that history on the here and now. The first half of the course offers an overview—from the fall of the imperial system to the present – including the birth of a new republic, war, revolution, the advent of communism, the Cultural Revolution, and its aftermath. The second half builds on that foundation by zeroing in on specific themes and tracing them across the century, including state-building, the economy, ethnicity, foreign relations, gender, religious practice, civil society, and the environment.

Course Requirements:

1 short paper, an in-class mid-term examination, regular participation in discussion section, and a final project, consisting of a collaborative contribution, involving original research, to an on-line class digital history site.

Intended Audience:

All undergraduates. No prerequisites. All course content will be in English.

Class Format:

Two lectures and one discussion section per week.


HISTORY 328 - Humanities Topics in History
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
003 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
004 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
010 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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