History | Contemporary China
G387 | 26666 | Muehlhahn

A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to undergraduates and Education MA’s only
Above class carries Culture Studies credit

What are the enduring problems of China in the contemporary period?
How have different Chinese governments confronted them? This lecture
course assumes that the basic question of contemporary China remains
unanswered: what kind of government, social order, and economy
should and can ultimately replace the old imperial system?
And subsequently: what should be China’s place in the world? Part I
defines basic themes: quests for national unity and international
recognition; population and ecological pressures; competition
between capitalism and socialism; problems of democracy in Chinese
political culture. Part II contrasts the revolutionary experiments
of two "new Chinas" on either side of the Taiwan straits after 1950.
Part III discusses contemporary reforms in the People’s Republic of
China and Taiwan, and explores the future of "Greater China," in the
light of its recent past. Requirements include two book reviews,
midterm and final examinations.

No prior course on China or East Asia is required.

Jonathan D. Spence, "The Search for Modern China," New York: W. W.
Norton & Company 2002. ISBN 0-393-94170-1
Yue, Daiyun and Wakeman, C. "To the Storm" (University of California
Press, 1988). 
Qiu, Xiaolong, "A Case of Two cities" (New York: St. Martin’s
Minotaur 2006)