- Code ASIA2037
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies
This module introduces the history of China from 1800 to the present day. This period marked some of the greatest triumphs and tragedies of China’s long history: from the glories of the Qing empire to the degradation of famine, internal dissent and foreign occupation. The course pays close attention to the People’s Republic of China, which began as a vast socialist experiment, and later emerged as one of the great capitalist powers. It closes by asking how China’s historical experience might help us to understand the challenges facing the country today.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the skills and knowledge to
1. Understand the important events and themes of China's modern history.
2. Critically summarize and examine scholarly perspectives on China's modern history and society.
3. Critically examine primary sources relating to China's modern history and society.
4. Demonstrate and explain ways to advance scholarly understanding of China's modern history and society.
5. Examine and explain the effect of China's history on its self perception.
6. Solve a variety of skill-based research tasks individually and in groups.
This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.
Indicative AssessmentTutorial Participation: 30% : 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Research Proposal 30% : 1, 2, 3, 4
Midterm exam 20% : 1, 5
Final Exam 20% : 1, 5
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WorkloadThe course comprises a weekly load of two one-hour lectures and two one-hour tutorials. It demands six hours of tutorial preparation, including assigned readings, and review of lectures. The course may incorporate group projects or other skills-based assignments.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Ch'ü, T'ung-Tsu, Local Government in China Under Ch'ing. Cambridge, Mass: Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University, 1988: pp. 15-35.
Philip Kuhn, Soulstealers: The Chinese Sorcery Scare of 1768. Harvard University Press, 1990: 119-138.
David Ownby, “Chinese Millenarian Traditions: The Formative Age (in AHR Forum: Millenniums),” The American Historical Review, Vol. 104, No. 5. (Dec., 1999), pp. 1513-1530.
“Chinese Impressions of the West” compiled from Renditions, vol. 51-52.
S.C.M. Paine, The Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895: Perceptions, Power and Primacy. Cambridge University Press, 2003: pp. 21-61.
Lu Xun, The True Story of Ah Q
Alexander Pantsov, The Bolsheviks and the Chinese Revolution, 1919-1927. University of Hawaii Press, 2000: 53-69.
Fan Hong, “Blueshirts, Nationalists and nationalism: Fascism in 1930s China” in Mangan, J. A. Superman Supreme: Fascist Body As Political Icon : Global Fascism. Sport in the global society. London: Frank Cass, 2000: 205-226.
Mao Zedong, A Report on the Hunan Peasantry, 1928.
Chiang, Yung-chen. 2001. Social engineering and the social sciences in China, 1919-1949. Cambridge University Press, 2001: 136-158.
J. Clayton Miller, “The Drama in China’s anti-Japanese Propaganda” Pacific Affairs 11, 4 (1938): 465-477.
M. Royama, “The South Manchuria Railway Zone, and the Nature of its Administration” Pacific Affairs 3, 11 (1930): 1018-1034.
CR - Liu Shaoqi, 1940; Zhou Enlai, 1945, 1948.
Elisabeth Green, “Crisis in Manchuria” Pacific Affairs 4, 11 (1931): 1005-1013.
Dikötter, Frank. Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-62. London: Bloomsbury, 2010: 174-188.
S. A. Smith, “Talking Toads and Chinless Ghosts: The Politics of “Superstitious” Rumors in the People's Republic of China, 1961–1965” American Historical Review 2006 111:2, 405-427
A. Z. M. Obaidullah Khan “Class Struggle in Yellow Sandhill Commune” The China Quarterly, No. 51 (Jul. - Sep., 1972), pp. 535-546.
“The Language of Diplomacy” (coursepack of primary readings)
“Communist primer” (coursepack of primary readings).
Two ASIA, HIST or POLS coded courses amongst prerequisites.
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