ANS 381 • New Perspectives on Modern Chinese History
4:00 PM-7:00 PM
This graduate seminar examines the development of the field, the current state of research, and the various methodological approaches in the studies of modern Chinese history. Focusing on reading and discussion of the significant and innovative works in the field, this course covers major topics in late Qing and Republican China, including: ethnicity and identity; state-making and local politics; law and society; peasant economy and community; modernity and urban culture; and rebellion and revolution.
Class participation 20% Research paper 80%
Edward Rhoads, Manchus and Han: Ethnic Relations and Political Power in Late Qing and Early Republican China, 1861-1928 Huaiyin Li, Village Governance in North China, 1875-1936 Paul Cohen, History in Three Keys: The Boxers as Events, Experience, and Myth Wang Di, Street Culture in Chengdu: Public Space, Urban Commoners, and Local Politics, 1870-1930 Lu Hanchao, Beyond the Neon Lights: Everyday Shanghai in the Early Twentieth Century Frederic Wakeman, Jr., Policing Shanghai, 1927-1937 Ruth Rogaski, Hygienic Modernity: Meanings of Health and Disease in Treaty-Port China Philip Huang, Code, Custom and Legal Practice in China: The Qing and the Republic Compared Lucien Bianco, Peasants Without the Party: Grass-roots Movements in Twentieth-Century China Odd Westad, Decisive Encounters: The Chinese Civil War, 1949-1950 Prasenjit Duara, Rescuing History from the Nation: Questioning Narratives of Modern China