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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
40240 M
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
GAR 1.134

Course Description

This course examines two major themes in modern Chinese history: 1) reform movements at both the national and local levels that aimed to modernize the country; and 2) popular agitation, rebellion, and revolution that occurred as a protest against, or an alternative to, the emerging "modernity" in China. Discussion of the major events, ideas, and institutions in the late Qing and Republican periods focuses on how historical legacies, cultural patterns, personal experiences, and political discourses played a part in shaping the thinking and action of the elite and the populace. Emphasis is also placed on how the various political forces in modern China as well as historians inside and outside China interpreted the events differently for varying political and academic purposes.

Grading Policy

Class participation 25% Three analytical papers 75%


Paul Cohen, Discovering History in China: American Historical Writing on the Recent Chinese Past. Columbia University Press, 1997. Philip Kuhn, Rebellion and Its Enemies in Late Imperial China: Militarization and Social Structure, 1796-1864. Harvard university Press, 1970. Mary Wright, The Last Stand of Chinese Conservatism: The Tung-Chih Restoration, 1862-1874. Stanford University Press, 1957. Joseph Esherick, The Origins of the Boxer Uprising. University of California Press, 1988. ______, Reform and Revolution in China: the 1911 Revolution in Hunan and Hubei. University of California Press, 1976. Tse-Tsung Chou, The May Fourth Movement: Intellectual Revolution in Modern China. Stanford University Press, 1960 Wen-hsin Yeh, Shanghai Splendor: Economic Sentiments and the Making of Modern China, 1843-1949. Berkeley, University of California Press, 2007. Huaiyin Li, Village Governance in North China, 1875-1936. Stanford University Press, 2005. Lloyd Eastman, The Abortive Revolution: China under Nationalist Rule, 1927-1937. Harvard University Press, 1974 Stuart Schram, The Thought of Mao Tse-tung. Cambridge University Press, 1989. Mark Selden, China in Revolution: The Yenan Way Revisited. M.E. Sharpe, 1995.


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