Chinese Nationalism and Ethnicity in Historical Context

History 103F.002

Spring 2013
3104 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
W 12-2


This course will address the historical background of both the resurgent nationalism in China today and the ethnic classification system that underpins the Chinese nation.  We begin by placing Chinese nationalism and notions of ethnicity in the context of their long historical development spanning the course of the twentieth century.  We will then spend the second half of the semester examining ethnicity and nation-like ideas in pre-twentieth century China.  Readings will include secondary scholarship and monographs, as well as some primary source material in translation.  Requirements: diligent reading of all assigned texts (no more than 200 pages per week), active class participation, several short presentations, and brief written assignments completed in preparation for a final paper.  In order to train students in the construction of historical arguments, when discussing readings, we will pay careful attention to conceptualization, methodology, and sources.

Course Books

Imagined Communities by Anderson Verso. ISBN: 978-1844670864 Required
china's destiny by chiang Shew Press. ISBN: 978-1406758382 Required
Coming to Terms with the Nation by mullaney University of California Press. ISBN: 978-0520272743 Required
rescuing history from the nation by duara University of Chicago Press. ISBN: 978-0226167220 Required