Introduction to Chinese History from the Mongols to Mao

History 6B

Spring 2014
Day & Time: 
TuTh 930-11A

This survey of early modern and modern Chinese history covers the rise and fall of three major conquest dynasties (the Mongol Yuan, the Chinese Ming, and the Manchu Qing), the ultimate collapse of the dynastic system, and the emergence of the nation-state in the twentieth century (first under the Nationalist Party, then under the Communist Party). Along the way, we will examine encounters between the latter territorial empires and the maritime empires of the West, increasing commercialization and urbanization, and the impact of various social revolutions. Students will be required to attend lectures, take part in discussion sessions, and read up to 150 pages each week in a variety of materials, with a strong emphasis on primary sources in English translation. Graded assignments will include weekly reading responses, active participation in discussion, two short papers, and two exams. There are no prerequisites.

Course Books

Six Chapters from My Life Downunder by Yang Jiang (Goldblatt, transl.) University of Washington Press. ISBN: 978-0295966441 Required
Selected Stories by Lu Hsun Norton Library (2003). ISBN: 978-0393008487 Required
Six Records of a Life Adrift by Shen Fu (Sanders, transl.) Hackett. ISBN: 978-1603841986 Required
Emperor of China: Self-Portrait of K'ang-Hsi by Spence, Jonathan Vintage. ISBN: 978-0679720744 Required
Death of Woman Wang by Spence, Jonathan Penguin Books. ISBN: 978-0140051216 Required
Monkey, Folk Novel of China by Wu Ch’eng-en (Arthur Waley, transl.) Evergreen by Grove Press (1994). ISBN: 978-0802130860 Required
The Four Books: The Basic Teachings of the Later Confucian Tradition [Paperback] by Gardner, Daniel K. Hackett (2007) [paperback]. ISBN: 978-0872208261 Required