Seminar on selected topics in general history, with special emphasis on preparation for field examinations. Topics vary according to interests of students and instructor.
Nationalism, scientism, and the question of modernity have been topics in the study of modern Chinese intellectual history. This seminar will focus on the intellectual discourse of nationalism and its relations to the transformation of knowledge and education system during the period from the late Qing to the 1940s. Starting with the study of the intellectual conditions of the Chinese empire and its transformation, the seminar analyzes the formation of new knowledge and its role in reordering the world, the building of the state, society and the individual, the formation of national identity, and the transformation of moral order through re-reading Kang Youwei, Yan Fu, Liang Qichao, Lu Xun, Sun Zhongshan, Mao Zedong and others.
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