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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Fall 2009


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39930 MWF
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
UTC 3.134

Course Description

This course surveys the emergence of modern China from the nineteenth century to the present, covering the Qing dynasty, the Republic (1912-49), and the People's Republic (since 1949). Beginning with a review of the intellectual, economic, and sociopolitical trends in imperial China, it examines the rise of nationalism and the challenge of modernization in the midst of dynastic decline and foreign threats in the nineteenth century. Its coverage of the twentieth century emphasizes the struggles between the Nationalists and Communists for the making of a modern state and their experiments of contrasting political schemes. The course further examines recent changes in the post-Mao era, focusing on economic and political reforms as well as China’s ongoing integration into the global system.

Grading Policy

Four quizzes: 5% each Mid-term: 35% Final exam: 35% Class participation: 10%


June Grasso, et al, Modernization and Revolution in China: From the Opium Wars to World Power. East Gate, 2004. Sterling Seagrave, Dragon Lady: The Life and Legend of the Last Empress of China. Vintage, 1993. Edgar Snow, Red Star Over China. Grove, 1968. Huaiyin Li, Village China under Socialism and Reform: A Micro-history, 1948-2008. Stanford University Press, 2006. Rob Gifford, China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power. Random House, 2008.


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