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Fall 2014-2015
* HIS 325 / EAS 355 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

China, 1850 to the Present

Janet Y. Chen

This course is an introduction to the history of modern China, from imperial dynasty to Republic, from the Red Guards to red capitalists. Through primary sources in translation, we will explore political and social revolutions, transformations in intellectual life and culture, as well as competing explanations for events such as the rise of the Communist Party and the Cultural Revolution. Major themes include: the impact of imperialism and war, tensions between governance and dissent, the emergence of nationalism, and the significance of China's history for its present and future.

Sample reading list:
R. Keith Schoppa, Revolution and Its Past
Lu Xun, The True Story of Ah Q
Paul Cohen, History in Three Keys
Gao Yuan, Born Red
Yu Hua, China in Ten Words

Reading/Writing assignments:
100-150 pages of reading per week. Mid-term paper (5-6 pages). Term paper (10-12 pages). Final Exam. Precept participation.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Final Exam - 30%
Term Paper(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
P/D/F option is not available for History concentrators..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21066 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am T Th   Aaron Burr Hall   219   Enrolled:39 Limit:60
21067 P01 11:00 am - 11:50 am Th   Aaron Burr Hall   213   Enrolled:10 Limit:12
21068 P02 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Th   Scheide Caldwell House   103   Enrolled:12 Limit:12 Closed
21069 P03 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
21070 P04 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Scheide Caldwell House   103   Enrolled:9 Limit:12
24530 P05 11:00 am - 11:50 am Th   Tower Club   101   Enrolled:8 Limit:12
23664 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled