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Fall 2017-2018
* HIS 439 / EAS 439 (HA)   na, npdf

China's Frontiers

Janet Y. Chen

This seminar will examine how the territorial footprint of the People's Republic of China was created, by exploring the history of its frontier regions. Through units on Tibet, Xinjiang, Taiwan, Manchuria, and the Southwest, we will interrogate concepts of ethnic identity, nationalism, culture, and religion, as well as contested historical claims over territory and sovereignty. Some basic knowledge of modern Chinese history is helpful but not required.

Sample reading list:
S. Harrell, Cultural Encounters on China's Ethnic Frontiers
M. Goldstein, A History of Modern Tibet
T. Andrade, How Taiwan Became Chinese
D. Gladney, Muslim Chinese

Reading/Writing assignments:
150-200 pages of reading per week; weekly written response to readings; two papers.

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 35%
Term Paper(s) - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20826 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   Scheide Caldwell House   103   Enrolled:17 Limit:12 Closed