HISTORY 195 - The Writing of History
Winter 2022, Section 002 - United States and China Relations Since the Opium Wars
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Requirements & Distribution:
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This course may not be included in a History major. F.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/5/22 - 4/19/22 (see other Sections below)
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"What are the images and experiences that Chinese have historically had of the United States, the "Beautiful Country" up to the present? What have Americans known about and done in China, the "Middle Kingdom?" How can these representations and interactions help us understand the state and the future of the relationship between China and the United States?

This course explores diverse aspects of the history of U.S.-China relations since the mid-nineteenth century. We will cover major episodes such as the Opium Wars, the Boxer interventions, the two World Wars, the Korean War, the Mao-Nixon rapprochement, the relations with the Republic of China (ROC) in Taiwan, and the post-Mao engagements. We will examine central themes such as trade, migration, race, cultural perception, war, and revolution. This course endeavors to explain why the U.S.-China relationship is so important to the world today, even if it is fraught with misunderstandings and competition.

This course fulfills the LSA First-Year Writing Requirement and helps students develop the academic writing skills needed to succeed at Michigan and beyond. Students will compose essays in a variety of genres, both formal and informal, across the semester. By the end of the term, each student will produce roughly 20-25 pages of polished, academic writing. This course combines both collaborative and individual writing strategies, as students will work with peers as well as the instructor to set, define, and achieve goals for improving writing skills."

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All first-year students

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HISTORY 195 - The Writing of History
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
 In Person
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22
002 (REC)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22
003 (REC)
 In Person
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22
004 (REC)
 In Person
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22

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