Modern China

History 280F

Spring 2016
Section: 
2
Instructor: 
Location: 
3104 DWINELLE
Day & Time: 
Tu 1200-200
CCN: 
39831
Units: 
4

This course is intended for graduate students interested in recent and emerging scholarship concerning late imperial and modern China.  

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 a coherent Chinese nation-state.  Modern Chinese nation-building and state-building took place, meanwhile, in the broader context of border-crossing processes and connections that were redefining the socio-political significance of spatial units such as the nation or the city.  

In this seminar we use “governance” as a venue to engage with issues and conditions concerning China and the Chinese people in late imperial and modern times.  Readings are clustered around a selection of topics, broadly understood, concerning “the Chinese world order,” “the human subject of Chinese history,” and “locating ‘China’ in modern history.”  The syllabus is designed to capture recent and emerging scholarship concerning China.  The selections are to be read against seminal texts from within as well as outside the China field.

Course Books

Peking by Susan Naquin University of California Press. ISBN: IBSN: 0520219910 Required
Discovering History in China by Paul Cohen Columbia University Press. ISBN: IBSN-10: 0231151934 Required
Asia Inside Out by Eric Tagliacozzo Harvard University Press. ISBN: IBSN: 978-674598508 Required
Coming to Terms with the Nation by Thomas Mullaney University of California Press. ISBN: IBSN: 9780520262782 Required
Sovereignty and Authenticity by Prasenjit Duara Rowen and Littlefield. ISBN: IBSN: 0742525775 Required
Industrial Eden by Brett Sheehan Harvard University Press. ISBN: IBSN-10: 0674967607 Required
The Ecology of War in China by Micah Muscolino Cambridge University Press. ISBN: IBSN: 9781107071568 Required
Science and Policy in Deng's China by Susan Greenhalgh University of California Press. ISBN: IBSN: 9780520253391 Required
Between Birth and Death by Michelle King Stanford University Press. ISBN: IBSN-13: 9780804785983 Required
Revolutiionzing the Family by Neil Diamont University of California Press. ISBN: IBSN-10: 9780520217201 Required
Chinese Visions of Family and State by Susan Glosser University of California Press. ISBN: IBSN: 0520227298 Required
The Missionary's Curse and Other Tales from a Chinese Catholic Village by Henrietta Harrison University of California Press. ISBN: IBSN-10: 0520273125 Required
Superstitious Regimes by Rebecca Nedostup Harvard University Press. ISBN: IBSN-10: 0674035992 Required
Neither Donkey nor Horse by Sean Lei University of Chicago Press. ISBN: IBSN-10: 022616988x Required
Hygienic Modernity by Ruth Rogaski University of California Press. ISBN: IBSN: 0520240014 Required
Guilty of Indigence by Janet Chen Princeton University Press. ISBN: IBSN: 9780691152103 Required
Articulating Citizenship by Robert Culp Harvard University Press. ISBN: IBSN-10: 0674025873 Required
Breaking with the Past by Hans Van de Ven Columbia University Press. ISBN: IBSN-10: 0231137389 Required
Grounds of Judgments by Par Cassel Oxford University Press. ISBN: IBSN-10: 0199792127 Required
Visible Cities by Leonard Blusse Harvard University Press. ISBN: 978-0-674-02614-8 Required
China Marches West by Peter Perdue Harvard University Press. ISBN: ISBN: 0-674-01684-x Required
From Frontier Policy to Foreign Policy by Matthew Mosca Stanford University Press. ISBN: ISBN-10: 0804797293 Required