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Chong Eun Ahn
HSTAS 454
Seattle Campus

History of Modern China

Social, cultural, political, economic, and intellectual transformations and continuities in China from the end of the imperial period to the present. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 454.

Class description

This course surveys Chinese history from the end of the 19th century to the present. We begin with the decline of the Qing dynasty and fall of China¡¯s imperial system in 1911, and then move on to investigate how China sought to redefine itself anew in the early twentieth-century. We examine how different people, as individuals and groups, in modern China explored nationalism, feminism, and socialism/communism as they searched for an appropriate system of modern governance and new ways of organizing societies. The establishment of the Chinese Republic, war with Japan, the battle between the Nationalist Party and the Communists, the rural/urban split, revolutionary days of the PRC, and the PRC in transformation will also be major topics. Throughout the course we rely on both primary sources in translation and secondary sources, in order to discuss these developments of the period and the use of documents in the construction of history. This is also a "W" course.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

lecture and discussion

Recommended preparation

a prior course in History or on China

Class assignments and grading

Timely completion of reading assignments, and informed participation in class and in discussions (15%) Quizes (20%) An in-class final examination (25%) An analytical paper (5-8 pages) based on readings and discussions (20%) Two short (2-3 pages) book reviews (20%)


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Chong Eun Ahn
Date: 06/21/2009