Modern Chinese History
This course surveys the history of China from 1600 to the present day. Major themes discussed in this course include the rise of modern Chinese nationalism and the construction of a Chinese nation-state, the influence of Western and Japanese imperialism on China, and the role of revolutionary party politics in China in modern times. Yet before discussing how the modern Chinese state was forged, it is important that we first explore the impact of Manchu rule on China during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), examining the great expansion campaigns of the 18th century, the internal rebellions and uprisings of the 19th century, and the Opium Wars. We are then in a position to examine the social and economic forces behind the great revolutions of 1912, 1927, and 1949 as well as the consequences of these revolutions for Chinese society leading up to the present day. Students cannot receive credit for this course and HIST 292 offered on campus.
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