Chinese history taster: the Republican (1912-1949) and Communist (post 1949) Eras

Course Dates: 06/04/23
Time: 15:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
To understand China of our present means understanding China of the past. Why not join PhD Fellow Dylan Wang to get a taste of the histories and legacies of the Republican and Communiest eras from 1912 till today?
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Full fee £15.00 Senior fee £12.00 Concession £10.00

Course Code: HWH101

Thu, day, 06 Apr - 06 Apr '23

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

This course follows the trajectory of Chinese history in the Republican era (1912-1949) and the People’s Republic of China (1949-) to help you taste of China’s often tortuous journey in a globalising world.

Touching upon these tumultuous centuries will give you a taste of how China’s current problems have arisen, and of what resources—intellectual, economic, and emotional—the Chinese can call upon to solve them.

What will we cover?

Inevitably, such an analysis must give priority to politics—that is, how China’s rulers and Chinese critics of those rulers have sought repeatedly over this long time span to formulate strategies that would strengthen their country’s borders, streamline bureaucratic institutions, keep free from foreign interference, and sharpen the rigour of the intellectual tools needed to analyse the efficacy and the morality of political actions.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- have a basic understanding of the key struggles and structural transformations of China in the past century.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an ‘introductory’ level course and does not assume any previous study or reading. An open mind and a willingness to listen and to think about views with which you are not familiar or may not agree are more important than any previous knowledge or experience in the subject matter.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will consist of tutor presentations, some audio and video clips as appropriate, some in-class readings for discussion, as well as opportunities for questions and comments. I will also recommend further readings for those who are keen to delve deeper.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no extra costs apart from your own note-taking materials.

- Rana Mitter (2008). Modern China: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press.
- Jonathan D. Spence (2013). The Search for Modern China. 3rd ed. W. W. Norton & Company.
- Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, ed. (2016). The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China. Oxford University Press.
- Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, ed. (2022). The Oxford History of Modern China. Oxford University Press.
- John K. Fairbank and Denis C. Twitchett, eds. (1978-). The Cambridge History of China. 15 vols. Cambridge University Press.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

HWH102 The search for modern China: the Rebuclian (1912-1949) and Communist (1949-) eras.

Please explore our Asian history section for additional courses on China and Asia over summer and in term 1.

We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.