Yeh/History116D



History 116D Instructor: Yeh
Fall 2013 Office: 3209 Dwinelle
12:30, 3 LeC onte Office Hours: Th 2:15-3:15
 

TWENTIETH-CENTURY CHINA: WEALTH, POWER AND DISCONTENT

Course Description:

This course offers a narrative history of China from the first Sino-Japanese War (1894) to the present. Presentations will be organized in three ways: a chronological history of major events from 1895 to 2008, biographical studies of the lives of top political leaders (Sun, Chiang, Mao, Deng), and examinations of textual and non-textual materials. Attention will be focused on the transformation of China from empire to nation in the 20th century, China’s changing place in East Asia, and Chinese identity and aspirations in the globalizing world. Taiwan and Hong Kong will feature in these discussions. Students are expected to attend lectures and discussion sections and complete the required readings (about two hundred pages each week) on schedule. Course assignments consist of an hour-long mid-term, three response papers based on the assigned readings, and a final examination. Final course grade will be assigned on the basis of 20% for the mid-term, 15% for each paper (3-5 pages) and 35% for the final examination.

The following texts, which are to be consulted in part or in entirety, are required for reading. It is highly recommended that you purchase Spence, which is adopted as the main text. Other materials, to the extent possible, will be shared on the course website. Additional materials may be added to the site over the course of the term.

The following texts are required and recommended for purchase:

Jonathan D. Spence, The Search for Modern China, Second Edition. New York:  Norton, 1999. 978-0-393-97351-8

Julie Lee Wei, Ramon Myers & Donald Gillin, eds., Prescriptions for Saving China: Selected Writings of Sun Yat-sen. Hoover Institutions Press, Stanford, 1994. 0-8179-9282-0

Lu Hsun, Selected Stories. Introduced by Ha Jin.  New York:  Norton, 2003. 978-0-393-00848-7

Wen-hsin Yeh, Provincial Passages: Culture, Space, and the Origins of Chinese Communism.  University of California Press, 1996. 0-520-20068-3

Jay Taylor, The Generalissimo:  Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China.  Cambridge, Mass.:  HarvardUniversity Press, 2009. 978-0-674-03338-2

Michael Szonyi, Cold War Jinmen.  Cambridge University Press, 2008. 978-0-521-72640-5

Timothy Cheek, Mao Zedong and China’s Revolutions:  A Brief History with Documents. (Paperback), Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2002. 0-312-25626-4

Pei-kai Cheng, Michael Lestz & Jonathan D. Spence, The Search for Modern China: A Documentary Collection, First Ed Edition. (Paperback). New York:  Norton, 1999. 978-0-393-97372-3

Steve Tsang, A Modern History of Hong Kong.  (Paperback). London & New York:  I. B. Tauris, 2011. 978-1-84511-

419-0

Wen-hsin Yeh, ed., Mobile Horizons: Perspectives on Cross-Strait Relationships.  IEAS Publications, UC Berkeley. Forthcoming.

COURSE SYLLABUS

 

 

 

LectureTopics and WeeklyReadingAssignments:

 

I.INTRODUCTION

 

August 23:Introduction: “Nation, CityandIdentity:China's Centuryof

Transformation”

 

 

II.  BEFORETHETRANSFORMATIONAugust 28:  Imperial China:  theOld Order August 30:  Imperial China:  Declineand Reform

Weeklyreadingassignments:

Spence,Chapters7&8(pp.141-191)

 

September4:  LateQing Reform

 

September6:Republican China:  Nation and State

 

 

Weeklyreadingassignment:

Spence,Chapter10&11 (pp.215-263)

Wei,Myers&Gillin,1.2,1.3,1.4(pp.18-36),2.1(pp.63-70),2.15(pp.92-98),3.1(pp.125-129),3.5(pp.222-

236),3.9(pp.252-266)

 

III.  TheRepublicanYears

 

September11: Sun Yat-sen & and theNew Republic

 

September13: Radical Cultureand ChineseSocialism

 

Weeklyreadingassignments:

Lu Hsun,SelectedStories,IntroducedbyHa Jin.“AMadman’sDiary,”“KungI-chi,””MyOldHome,” “TheTrueStoryofAh Q”.

Yeh,Chapters4, 5,7, 8(pp.71-117,147-196) Spence,Chapter13 (pp.290-313)

 

First Paper Due, September 14

 

September18:  from theMayFourth to theEarlySocialists

 

September20: Nationalist China: theNanjingDecade

 

Weeklyreadingassignments:

Spence,Chapters14&15 (pp.314-374)

 

 

 

Taylor,Chapters2&3(pp.49-137)

 

September25:  Nationalist China:  ChiangKai-shek and theWarYears

 

September27:  Nationalist China:  Civil Warand Collapse

 

Weeklyreadingassignments:

Spence,Chapters17&18 (pp.411-488)

 

 

 

October 2:Review

 

October 4:Mid-termExam

 

IV.  MID-CENTURY TRANSITION

 

October9: Nationalist Chinaand theTaiwan Question

 

October11: ThePeople’s Republic:  architecture,ethnicity, and politics

 

WeeklyReadingAssignments: Spence,Chapter19 (pp.489-513) Szoyni,ColdWarIsland,pp.1-118.

 

 

V.  MAO'SCHINA

 

October16:  Mao:  Lifeand Thought

 

October18:  TheEarlyRepublic

 

Weeklyreadingassignments: Spence,Chapter20 (pp.513-543) Cheek,ed.,pp.1-124,183-192

 

 

October23:  TheGreat Famine

 

October25:  Culture&Revolution

 

Weeklyreadingassignments:

Spence,Chapters21&22 (pp.544-586) Cheek,ed.,pp.169-179.

Cheng,Lestz&Spence,pp.430-434.

 

Second Paper due, October 26th

 

 

 

VI:CHINESESOCIALISMAFTER MAO

 

 

 

 

 

October30:  TheDengEra:  New Cities (GuestLecture: ReneeChow) November1:TheDengEra(GuestLecture)

Weeklyreadingassignments:

Spence,Chapters24&25 (pp.618-676)

 

 

 

November6:Deng’s China

 

November8:TheNew Orderin theSouth ChinaSea

 

Weeklyreadingassignments:

Cheng,Lestz&Spence,25.6,“TheJointAgreementbyBritainandChinaDefiningtheFutureofHong

Kong”(pp.476-481)

Tsang,Chapter16 (pp.228-244)

 

November13:  1989 and theRiseofUrbanProfessionals

 

November15:  TheCultureQuestion:  Confucian ChinaandIts Modern Fate

 

Weeklyreadingassignments:

Cheng,Lestz&Spence,Chapter26(pp.487-506) Spence,Chapters26&27 (pp.677-728)

 

Third Paper Due, November 16th

 

 

November20: TransformingChineseCities

 

November 22:Thanksgiving.  No Class

 

 

VII.  TheChineseWorldand theEndoftheCentury

 

November27: Citizenship and ChineseModernity

 

November29:  ConcludingRemarks and Overview

 

Weeklyreadingassignments:

Yeh,MobileHorizons,selectedchapters.

 

Final Examination