The New Cultural History of Late Imperial and Modern China

History 280F.002

Spring 2012

A major and enduring trend in the historiography of late imperial and modern China has been the turn to cultural history. The focus on culture has not excluded attention to the state, economy, warfare or social classes, but rather provided new lenses through which to view them. New attention to material, commercial, print, religious, and physical culture has shifted, and in some cases fundamentally altered, our understanding of the last few centuries of Chinese history. In this course we will engage recent influential scholarship on these and other areas of cultural history, and ask how these applications of the cultural lens has changed the field. A main concern of the course will be preparation for qualifying exams. Requirements: class presentations, two short papers, and one term paper involvingsecondary source research.