HISTORY 472 - Topics in Asian History
Fall 2018, Section 001 - US-China Relations in the 20th Century
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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This course offers a “critical” examination of the Sino-American/U.S.- China relations in the 19th and 20th centuries, with stress on the word “critical” in the discourse. It also suggests new approaches for the new century. In this term, ten topics will be analyzed in detail:
1. Ideology, Imperialism, and Orientalism: A Critique of “Western” Studies of Non-Western Cultures;
2. Race, Equality, and Empire in 19th-Century China;
3. “Meiguo” (America=USA) in 19th-Century China: A Critical Examination of Some Basic Assumptions;
4. Qing/China in 19th-Century “America”: A Critical Examination of Some Basic Assumptions;
5. Empires in Harmony: Sino-American/U.S.-China Relations in the 19th Century;
6. China in Early 20th-Century America: The Lives and Ideas of Chinese Intellectual Elites in the U.S. (Mei-li-jian he-zhong guo);
7. American Influence on Chinese Intellectual Revolutions and Political Reforms in Early 20th Century;
8. Chinese Nationalists and Communists and American Politicians in the Mid 20th Century;
9. Empires in Conflict: Whose China? Whose Chinese Policy? Whose World Order?
10. The Next Assignment: New China, New USA, and New Thoughts. *Lecture outlines and discussion arrangements for each topic will be distributed in class.

Lecture outlines and discussion arrangements for each topic will be distributed in class.

Course Requirements:

Two short essays and one long paper.

Intended Audience:

All undergraduates and graduates.


HISTORY 472 - Topics in Asian History
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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