HIS 364G • State and Society in Confucian China
A topic course on state-society relations in imperial and modern China. It explores the central role of Confucian traditions in shaping state ideologies, government systems, social practices, and gender roles during the imperial times. The course further examines the crisis and regeneration of Confucian traditions during the time of revolution and reform in the twentieth century when the state and the society were restructured.
In-class quizzes and class participation: 20% Mid-term and final examinations: 50% Final paper: 30%
Philip J. Ivanhoe and Bryan W. Van Norden, Readings in Classical Chinese Philosophy Huaiyin Li, Village Governance in North China, 1875-1936 Richard T. Li, The Golden Lotus: The Life of a Bound-Feet Peasant Mother in the Chinese Cultural Revolution Yunxiang Yan, The Flow of Gifts: Reciprocity and Social Networks in a Chinese Village Peter Hessler, River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze