Twentieth-Century China

History 116D

Fall 2015
Day & Time: 
TuTh 930-11A
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  • This course offers a narrative history of China from the first Sino-Japanese War (1894) to the present.  Presentations will be organized in three ways:  a brief chronological history of major events from 1895 to 2015, biographical studies of the lives of major political figures (Sun, Chiang, Mao, Deng, etc.,), and focused examinations of selected major events (such as the Sino-Japanese War and the contestations across the Taiwan Strait in the second half of the 20th century) so as to shed light on China today.  Attention will be focused on the transformation of China from empire to nation in the 1900s, China’s place in East Asia in the first half of the 20th century, and the Chinese challenge in the 21st century to the established regional and global order.
    Students are expected to attend lectures and discussion sections and complete the required readings (about two hundred pages each week) on schedule.  Course assignments consist of an hour-long mid-term, three response papers based on the assigned readings, and a final examination. Final course grade will be assigned according to the following formula:  20% for the mid-term, 15% for each paper (3-5 pages) and 35% for the final examination.

Course Books

Mao Zedong and China's Revolution: a Brief History with Documents by Timothy Cheek Boston: Bedford/St. Martins. ISBN: 0-312-25626-4 Required
Provincial Passages: Culture, Space and the Origins of Chinese Communism by Wen-hsin Yeh University of California Press. ISBN: 0-520-20068-3 Required
Lu Hsun, Selected Stories by Ha Jin New York: Norton. ISBN: 978-0-393-00848-7 Required
Prescriptions for Saving China: Selected Writings of Sun Yat-sen by Julie Lee Wee, Ramon Jyers & Donald Gillin, eds Hoover Institutions Pres, Stanford. ISBN: 0-8179-9282-0 Required
The search for modern China, third edition by Jonathan D. Spence Norton. ISBN: 978-0-393-93451-9 Required
A Continuous Revolution: Making Sense of Cultural Revolution Culture by Barbara Mittler Harvard University Press. ISBN: 978-0-674-06581-9 Optional