Spring 2018

Modern China

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-172  |  History, as HIST-172

Formerly listed as: ASLC-46  |  HIST-16


Marketus D. Presswood (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 172 [AS] and ASLC 146 [C].) This survey of Chinese History examines the matrix of the internal and external forces and movements that have shaped modern China from the mid nineteenth century to the present. During this period, the Chinese people dispensed with a form of government that had been used for three thousand years to form, despite various complications, a modern nation-state. We will explore major events in Modern China beginning with the Opium War, the Taiping Rebellion, the collapse of the Qing dynasty and the establishment of a new Republic, the Republican revolution, the “New Culture” Movement, Communist revolution, War against Japan, the Chinese Civil War, the founding of the People’s Republic of China, China’s role in the Korean War, Mao’s Cultural Revolution, post-Mao economic reform and the 2008 Beijing Olympics, all with comparative references to current events. Readings, which include a wide variety of documents such as religious and revolutionary tracts, eye-witness accounts, memoirs, and letters, are supplemented by interpretive essays and videos.  Two class meetings per week.

Limited to 25 students. Spring semester. Dean's Fellow Presswood.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to HIST and ASLC majors, by class level if necessary

HIST 172 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM FAYE 113
Th 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM FAYE 113

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Revolution and its Past: Identities and Change in Modern Chinese History (3rd ed) Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hill, 2006 Schoppa, R. Keith 3rd ed. Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2021