HIST-258 Modern China

A history of China from the fall of the last imperial dynasty to the People's Republic. It covers the major political events and revolutions, such as the Opium War, the Republican revolution and the Communist revolution. It also emphasizes the social and cultural lives of various human actors and social institutions, such as peasants, workers, women, ethnic minorities, migrants within and beyond China, educational system, and nationality laws. It explores such questions as what is Chineseness and what modernity means to different people at different times. It also studies China as an integral part of world history. Prerequisite: 100-level history course or instructor's permission. 4 SH. CC: Diversity.