This course offers a narrative history of China from the first Sino-Japanese War (1894) to the present. Presentations will be organized in three ways: a chronological history of major events from 1895 to 2008, biographical studies of the lives of top political leaders (Sun, Chiang, Mao, Deng), and examinations of textual and non-textual materials. Attention will be focused on the transformation of China from empire to nation in the 20th century, Chinaís changing place in East Asia, and Chinese identity and aspirations in the globalizing world.
Students are expected to attend lectures and discussion sections and complete the required readings (about two hundred pages each week) on schedule. Course assignments consist of an hour-long mid-term, three response papers based on the assigned readings, and a final examination. Final course grade will be assigned on the basis of 20% for the mid-term, 15% for each paper (3-5 pages) and 35% for the final examination.