Governing China in Late Imperial and Modern Times

History 280F.002

Spring 2013
Day & Time: 
F 10-12P

With the fall of the Qing and the founding of the Republic in 1911, political arrangements in China underwent significant changes. The Qing Empire transformed into a Chinese Republic. The Chinese Republic contained frontiers and borderlands that defied the unifying and standardizing constructions of a Republican Chinese citizenship. Tension between the heartland and the frontier poses major challenges to 20th-century Chinese aspirations for the building of an integrated Chinese nation-state.
In this seminar we examine key issues in the governing of China in late imperial and modern times. We view governance practices as changing in different ways under
diverging circumstances. Readings will include foundational texts in the field. But the syllabus is designed to bring the class up to date with the most recent scholarships.
Students in this seminar are expected to take turns leading seminar discussions each week. Students should plan to submit, every other week, a three-page response paper based on seminar discussions and required readings. Final assignment for the course is a fifteenpage review essay on a topic of the student’s own choice that draws on at least five titles required in the syllabus.

A general familiarity (undergraduate upper-division level) with late imperial and modern Chinese history is a prerequisite.

Grade assignment for the semester will be calculated according to the following formula: attendance and seminar participations: 25%; response papers: 40%; final essay: 35%.


Course Books

Mao’s New World: Political Culture in the Early People’s Republic by Chang-tai Hung Cornell 2011). . ISBN: 978-0-8014-4934-5 Required
The Gender of Memory: Rural Women and China’s Collective Past by Gail Hershatter California 2011. ISBN: 978-0-520-26770-1 Required
Reins of Liberation: an Entangled History of Mongolian Independence, Chinese Territoriality, and Great Power Hegemony, 1911-1950 by Xiaoyuan Liu Stanford 2006. ISBN: 978-0804754262 Required
The Paper Road: Archive and Experience in the Botanical Exploration of West China and Tibet by Erik Mueggler University of California Press 2012. ISBN: 978-0520269033 Required
Coming to Terms with the Nation: Ethnic Classification in Modern China by Thomas Mullaney California 2011. ISBN: 978-0-520-26278-2 Required
The Manchurian Myth: Nationalism, Resistance and Collaboration in Modern China by Rana Mitter California 2000. ISBN: 978-0520221116 Required
Sovereignty and Authenticity: Manchukuo and the East Asian Modern by Prasenjit Duara Rowsen & Littlefield, 2003. ISBN: 978-0742530911 Required
Dislocating China: Muslims, Minorities, and Other Subaltern Subjects by Dru C. Gladney University of Chicago Press, 2004. ISBN: 978-0226297750 Required
Governing China’s Multiethnic Frontiers by Morris Rossabi, ed University of Washington Press, 2004 . ISBN: 978-0295984124 Required
The Religious Questions in Modern China by Vincent Goossaert & David D. Palmer University of Chicago Press, 2011. ISBN: 978-0226304168 Required
Superstitious Regimes: Religion and the Politics of Chinese Modernity by Rebecca Nedostup Harvard University Asia Center, 2009. ISBN: 978-0674035997 Required
Guilty of Indigence: the Urban Poor in China, 1900-1953 by Janet Chen Princeton 2012. ISBN: 978-0-691-15210-3 Required
Hygienic Modernity: Meanings of Health and Disease in Treaty-Port China by Ruth Rogaski University of California Press, 2004. ISBN: 978-0520240018 Required
Articulating Citizenship: Civic Education and Student Politics in Southeastern China, 1912-1940 by Robert Culp Harvard University Asia Center, 2007. ISBN: 978-0674025875 Required
An Unfinished Republic: Leading by Word and Deed in Modern China by David Strand California 2011. ISBN: 978-0-520-26736-7 Required
A Passion for Facts: Social Surveys and the Construction of the Chinese Nation-State, 1900-1949 by Tong Lam California 2011. ISBN: : 978-0520-267862 Required
In Search of Wealth and Power: Yen Fu and the West by Benjamin Schwartz Harvard University Press, 1964 . ISBN: 978-0674446526 Required
Peking: Temples and City Life, 1400-1900 by Susan Naquin University of California Press, 2000 . ISBN: 978-0520219915 Required
China Marches West: the Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia by Peter C. Perdue Harvard University Press . ISBN: 978-0674057432 Required
Strong Borders, Secure Nation: Cooperation and Conflict in China’s Territorial Disputes by M. Taylor Fravel Princeton University Press. ISBN: 978-0-691-13609-7 Required
The Cambridge History of China, vol. 10, Part I by John Fairbank, ed. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-0521214476 Required