Approved by University Studies Sub-committee.  A2C2 action pending.

Department: History                                      Date: February 17, 2003


Proposal for:                  New Course:  XX             Course change: __             New/Revised Program: __


Course/Program Title:             Modern China             


New Course Proposal


Course Number             343      Course title:             Modern China              Credits:  3_


Frequency of Offering:             Every Other Year          Prerequisites    


Grading: XX Grade Only             __P/NC Only              __P/NC Option


Applies to             _XX   Major                __XX_ Minor                __ General Education         

                        _XX_ Elective                         _XX_ Elective

                        _____Required          ____Required


                              A.  Course Description


                                          1.             Catalog Description


This course permits in-depth study of the major events and issues in China's dynamic transformation from the world's oldest and largest bureaucracy to a revolutionary state-and its subsequent evolution to the contemporary political and economic phenomenon we know today. Tracing pre-modern legacies that have helped shape China, the course covers the decline and fall of the Qing dynasty through the creation of Communist China and the unfolding of the post-Mao, so-called “reform era.” The course will also address the lesser-known areas of Tibet and Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, as well as Hong Kong and Taiwan,  


                                          2.             Statement of major focus and objectives of the course


The course will address the main lines of modern Chinese development and challenge students to place documents drawn from China’s past into historical context. By the end of the course, students should have a greater understanding of modern China, how it came to be as it is, and historians attempt to identify the continuities and changes that made China what it has become.


                                          3.             Course Outline


                              I.          The Setting of Modern China

                                          A.             China’s Geography and the Conditions it places on Chinese society

                                          B.             Pre-modern Political and Social Traditions

                                          C.             Pre-modern Cultural and Religious Traditions


                              II.         The Qing (Ch’ing) Dynasty, 1644-1911

                                          A.             Manchu Conquest and Consolidation

                                          B.             Qing State and Political Culture

                                          C.             Qing Social Order and Popoular Culture


                              III.       The 18th and 19th-CenturyWestern Invasion

                                          A.             Ming Dynasty Relations with the West

                                          B.             Western Trade Contacts and Qing Response

                                          C.             The Opium Wars and Unequal Treaty System


                              IV.      Internal Challenges

                                          A.             Taiping Rebellion of the Mid-19th Century

                                          B.             The Muslim Rebellion in the West

                                          C.             Qing Military Reform


                              V.      Qing Reform and Collapse

                                          A.             Late 19th-Century Reform Attempts

                                          B.             Early 20th-Century Collapse of the Qing Dynasty


                              VI.      Revolution and Disintegration

                                          A.             Development of the Guomindong (Kuomintang) [Nationalist] Party

                                          B.             1911 Revolution and its Failure

                                          C.             Post-Revolutionary Warlordism and Chaos


                              VII.      Early 20th-Century Radicalism

                                          A.             Chinese Anarchism

                                          B.             Cultural Revolutionaries

                                          C.             Birth of the Communist Party

                                          D.             Communist Doctrine


                              VIII.      Comintern and Coalition Politics

                                          A.             Nationalist-Communist Cooperation in Mid 1920s

                                          B.             1927 Nationalist Assault on Communism


                              IX.       The Japan Problem

                                          A.             Development of Japan’s Interest in China

                                          B.             1930-1940s Sino-Japanese War


                              X.      Mao’s Communist Party and China

                                          A.             Mao’s Version of Marxism

                                          B.             Mao’s Revolutionary Strategy

                                          C.             Mao’s Sino-Japanese War

                                          D.             The Post War Civil War


                              XI.      Mao’s China

                                          A.             Factional Strife within the Chinese Communist Party

                                          B.             The Korean War

                                          C.             Mao’s Rural Policy and the Soviet-style Five Year Plan

                                          D.             The Great Leap Forward

                                          E.             The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution


                              XII.      Post Mao China Reform

                                          A.             Deng Xiaoping and the Retreat from Utopianism

                                          B.             Open Door to Foreign Investment and the “Responsibility System”


                              XIII.      Towards Contemporary China

                                          A.             The Democracy Movement and The Tiananmen Disaster

                                          B.             Free Markets and Economic Development

                                          C.             The Sagging State Sector and the New Labor Problem

                                          D.             An Assertive Foreign Policy


                              XIV.    The Other Chinas

                                          A.             Tibet and Xinjiang

                                          B.             Taiwan

                                          C.             Hong Kong


                                          4.             Basic Instruction Methods


The course will employ both traditional lecture and discussion. Discussions will challenge students to place documents drawn from China’s past into their historical context.


                                          5.             Course Requirements


Each student will complete two exams, a paper on a topic approved by the instructor, and participate in class discussions.


                                          6.             Textbooks.


Lloyd Eastmen,  Family, Field and Ancestors, Constancy and Change in China’s Social and Economic History, 1550-1949

Arif Dirlik, . The Origins of Chinese Communism

Jonathan Spence, Mao

Pei-kai Cheng, et al, The Search for Modern China, A Documentary Collection

Maurice Meisner, The Deng Xiaoping Era

John Avedon, In Exile from the Land of the Snows


                                          7.             References


Avedon, John. In Exile from the Land of Snows, The Definitive Account of the Dalai Lama and Tibet Since the Chinese Conquest (1997)

Bernstein, Richard and Munro, Ross, The Coming Conflict with China (1998)

Bianco, Lucian. Origins of the Chinese Revolution, 1915-1949 (1967)

Binyan, Liu. Tell the World What Happened in China and Why (1989)

Brownell, Susan and Wasserstrom, Jeffery. Chinese Femininities, Chinese Masculinities : A Reader (2002)

Chen, Jack, The Sinkiang Story (1977)

Chesneaux, Jean. China 4 vols.(1974-1979)

Cheng, Nien. Life and Death in Shanghai (1986)

Cheng, Pei-kai, Letstz, Michael, and Spence, Jonathan, The Search for Modern China, A Documentary Collection (1999).

Chin, Pa. Family (1931)

Collected Works of Mao Zedong.

Confucius. The Analects

DeBary, Wm. Theodore et al. Sources of Chinese Tradition (1960)

Deyi, Zhang. Diary of a Chinese Diplomat (1992)

Dirlik, Arif. The Origins of Chinese Communism (1989)

Eastman, Lloyd. Family, Field and Ancestors, Constancy and Change in China’s Social and Economic History, 1550-1949 (1988)

Elisseeff, Vadime. The Silk Roads, Highways of Culture and Commerce (2000)

Evans, Harriet. Women and sexuality in China : Female Sexuality and Gender since 1949 (1997)

Evans, Richard. Deng Xiaoping and the Making of Modern China (1997)

Fanon, Frantz. The Wretched of the Earth (1963)

Fairbank, John King, The Great Chinese Revolution, 1800-1985 (1987)

Gilmatin, Christiana ed. Engendering China : Women, Culture, and the State (1994)

Goldstein, Melvyn. A History of Modern Tibet, The Demise of the Lamaist State (1989)

Goodman, David and Segal, Gerald. China in the Nineties, Crisis Management and Beyond (1991)

Gray, Jack. Rebellions and Revolutions, China From the 1800s to the 1980s (1990)

Grieder, Jerome B. Intellectuals and the State in Modern China, A Narrative History (1981)

Hinton, William. Fanshen (1971)

Hu, Fu. Tales of the Qing Court (1990)

Jacobs, Dan and Baerwald, Hans. Chinese Communism, Selected Documents (1963)

Jenner, W.J.F. The Tyranny of History, The Roots of China’s Crisis (1992)

Levathes, Louise. When China Ruled the Seas, The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Thone, 1405-1433 (1994)

Link, Perry. Evening Chats in Beijing (1992)

Lizhi, Fang. Bringing Down rthe Great Wall, Writings on Science, Cultura and Democracy in China (1990)

Meisner, Maurice, Mao’s China (1979)

Meisner, Maurice. Marxism, Maoism and Utopianism (1982)

Meisner, Maurice. The Deng Xiaoping Era, An Inquirery into the Fate of Chinese Socialims, 1978-1994 (1996)

Meyer, Karl and Brysac, Shareen, Tournament of Shadows, The Great Game and the Race for Empire in Central Asia (1999)

Myrdal, Jan. Return to a Chinese Village (1984)

Nathan, Andrew and Link, Perry, The Tiananmen papers, the Chnese Leadership’s Decision to Use Force Against their Own people – In there Own Words (2001)

Schell, Orville, Mandate of Heaven, A New Generation of Entrepreneurs, Dissidents, Bohemians and Technocrats Lays Claim to China’s Future (1994)

Schell, Orville and Shambaugh, David. The China Reader, The Reform Era (1999)

Schell, Orville. Virtual Tibet, Searching For Shangi-La from the Himalayas to Hollywood (2000)

Schram, Stuart. The Political Thought of Mao Tse-tung (1970)

Schram, Stuart. Chairman Mao Talks to the People, Talks and Letters, 1956-1971 (1974)

Schurmann, Franz. Ideology and Organization in Communist China (1966)

Selden, Mark. The Yenan Way in Revolutionary China (1972)

Short, Philip. Mao, A Life (1999)

Snow, Edgar. Red Star Over China (1938)

Soucek, Svat. A History of Inner Asia (2000)

Spence, Jonathan, The Search for Modern China (2nd ed. 1999)

Siu, Hellen and Stern, Zelda. Mao’s Harvest, Voices from China’s New Generation (1983)

Waldron, Arthur. The Great Wall of China, From History to Myth (1990)

Wilson, Dick. The Long March 1935, The Epic of Chinese Communism’s Survival (1971)

Wolf, Eric. Peasant Wars in the Twentieth Century (1969)

Yu-ning, Li. Chinese Women through Chinese Eyes (1992)

Xun, Lu. Selected Poems (1981)


                              B.             Rationale


The department is proposing this course to broaden the upper-level possibilities for History and Social Science/History majors and as a contribution to the East Asian track of the Global Studies program that is under development. 


                              C.             Notification


Approval of this course will not change the number of credits required by any program.


                              D.  G Courses


The department is not proposing this course for G or 500-level credit.


                              E.   General Education


The department is not proposing this course for the General Education or University Studies programs.




Financial and Staffing Data Sheet

For New Course Proposals


PROPOSED COURSE: No.:     343     Title: Modern China                          Credits:   3     


PROPOSED AS:     Required Course _________    Elective Course _____X____


Specify titles of programs in which the course will be required/elective:


History Major and Minor

Social Science/History

Global Studies





                                        1.     Would this course be taught with existing staff or with new/additional staff?


This course would be taught with existing staff. It would require no additional faculty.




                                        2.     How would this new course impact on current course offerings (i.e. change the number of sections of current offerings, dropping/banking of courses, etc.)?


The department would offer sections this course in place of other 300- 400-level courses. There would be no net loss or addition to the number of 300- and 400-level courses the department would offer each year on account of adding this course to the curriculum.


                                        3.     How would this new course impact the department’s budget (e.g. equipment, supplies, instructional resources, etc.)?


The course could have a no impact on the department’s budget. It would simply take the place of another 300- or 400-level course that we would have offered.


Signed: __________________________

Department Chairperson




                                                          College Dean