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(in Polish) Nineteenth and Twentieth Century China

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Course ID: 3104-WH19ICHABR-OG Erasmus code / ISCED: 08.3 / (0222) History and archaeology
Course title: (unknown) Name in Polish: Nineteenth and Twentieth Century China
Department: Faculty of History
Course groups: (in Polish) Doskonalenie kompetencji badacza epok i dziedzin historycznych (Historia, II st., od 2019 r.)
(in Polish) Przedmioty programu Historia, II st., od 2019 r.
(in Polish) Wykłady historyczne
(in Polish) Zajęcia obcojęzyczne w IH UW
General university courses
General university courses
General university courses in the humanities
ECTS credit allocation (and other scores): 2.00
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Language: English
Type of course:

general courses

Short description:

The main aim of this course is presenting and analysing the basic events and historical processes that shaped China in the last two hundred years: a demise of the imperial institutions, construction and crisis of the republican state, revolutions, experiences of Maoism and o the Reform and Opening after 1978

Full description:

Main topic and titles of the lecture:

1. The Great Enterprise of the Qing Empire

2. Qing colonialism and the system of world hierarchies

3. Economic disintegration, ecology and population pressure

4. Competing imperial systems, Opium Wars and the shift of the global trade balance

5. Religions, rebellions, revolutions and the Restoration of Qing

6. Military systems and industrial modernization

7. Intellectual crisis, paradigm shift and the New Policies, 1901-1911 – creation of the modern China

8. Nationalism, collapse of the empire and a republican failure

9. Civil wars and the Nationalist Party regime

10. Fascism, Japan’s imperial project and the Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945

11. 1949 Communist Party victory and building of the People’s Republic

12. Radicalization: The Great Leap Forward of 1958-1962 and the Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976

13. Deng Xiaoping, rebuilding the Party and the country

14. Into the 2000s: prosperity, inequality, and challenges of the new world power


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Brown, Shana J. Pastimes: From Art and Antiquarianism to Modern Chinese Historiography. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2011.

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Garnaut, Anthony. “The Geography of the Great Leap Famine.” Modern China 40, no. 3 (2014), 315-348.

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Goossaert, Vincent. The Taosits of Peking, 1800-1949: A Social History of Urban Clerics. Harvard East Asian Monographs 284. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007.

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Harrison, Henrietta. The Man Awakened from Dreams: One Man’s Life in a North China Village, 1857-1942. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2005.

Harrison, Henrietta. The Missionary’s Curse and Other Tales from a Chinese Catholic Village. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013.

Henriot, Christian. Translated by Noel Castelino. Prostitution and Sexuality in Shanghai: A Social History, 1849-1949. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

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King, Amy. China-Japan Relations After World War II: Empire, Industry and War, 1949-1971. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Lampton, David M. Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xianping to Xi Jinping. Berkeley: University of California Press: 2014.

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Lary, Diana, The Chinese People at War: Human Suffering and Social Transformation, 1937-1945. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Lee, Haiyan. Revolution of the Heart: A Genealogy of Love in China, 1900-1950. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006.

Li Huaiyin. Village China Under Socialism and Reform: A Micro History, 1948-2008. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009.

Looney, Kristen E. “China’s Campaign to Build a New Socialist Countryside: Village Modernization, Peasant Councils, and the Ganzhou Model of Rural Development.” The China Quarterly 224 (Dec. 2015): 909-932.

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Meyer-Fong, Tobie. What Remains: Coming to Terms with Civil War in 19th Century China. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2013.

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Perry, Elizabeth J. Anyuan: Mining China’s Revolutionary Tradition. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012.

Pomeranz, Kenneth. The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2000.

Remick, Elizabeth J. Regulating Prostitution in China: Gender and Local Statebuilding, 1900-1937. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014.

Rowe, William T. Crimson Rain: Seven Centuries of Violence in a Chinese County. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007.

Schoenhals, Michael. Spying for the People: Mao’s Secret Agents, 1949-1967. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Shen Zhihua and Li Danhui. After Leaning to One Side: China and Its Allies in the Cold War. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011.

Shiroyama, Tomoko. China During the Great Depression: Market, State, and the World Economy, 1929-1937. Harvard East Asian Monographs 294. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009.

Smith, S. A. A Road is Made: Communism in Shanghai, 1920-1927. Richmond, Surrey: Curzon Press, 2000.

Smith, S. A. Like Cattle and Horses: Nationalism and Labor in Shanghai, 1895-1927. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2002.

Smith, Stephen A. Revolution and the People in Russia and China: A Comparative History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Stapleton, Kristin. Fact in Fiction: 1920s China and Ba Jin’s Family. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2016.

Wang Yuhua. “Beyond Local Protectionism: China’s State-Business Relations in the Last Two Decades.” The China Quarterly 226 (June 2016): 319-341.

Westad, Odd Arne. Decisive Encounters: the Chinese Civil War, 1946-1950. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2003.

Van Dyke, Paul A. The Canton Trade: Life and Enterprise on the China Coast, 1700-1845. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2005.

Ven, Hans van de. Breaking with the Past: The Maritime Customs Service and the Global Origins of Modernity in China. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014.

Vogel, Ezra F. Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011.

Wright, Tim. “Distant Thunder: The Regional Economies of Southwest China and the Impact of the Great Depression.” Modern Asian Studies, 34, no. 3 (2000): 697-738.

Yang Jisheng, Stacy Mosher and Jian Guo. Tombstone: The Untold Story of Mao’s Great Famine. London: Penguin Books, 2013.

Yeh, Wen-hsin. Shanghai Splendor: Economic Sentiments and the Making of Modern China, 1843-1949. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007.

Zarrow Peter. China in War and Revolution, 1895-1949. London and New York: Routledge, 2005

Learning outcomes: (in Polish)

Zdobycie wiedzy o największym i najważniejszym państwie i społeczeństwie Azji wschodniej. Zrozumienie głównych problemów omawianych przez specjalistów oraz historiografię w ostatnich dwudziestu latach badań nad tym tematem. Poznanie najważniejszych pozycji naukowych w temacie historii Chin XIX i XX wieku. Umiejętność przygotowania krytycznego eseju na temat odnośny do materiału przedstawionego w formie wykładów. Umiejętność krytycznego odniesienia się do polemik dot. historii Chin i ich aktualnej sytuacji politycznej, gospodarczej i społecznej.

Assessment methods and assessment criteria:

Course combining lectures with in-class discussions. Students are going to read chosen fragments of specialist literature or historical sources and are obliged to participate in discussions (by asking questions, responding to lecture or to the readings). Each course participant is going to write a short essay (4-5 pages) on the topic of his choice (agreed on with the lecturer). The course will finish with a written exam. Grade structure: participation 50%; essay 25%; examination 25%.

Classes in period "Summer semester 2020/21" (in progress)

Time span: 2021-02-22 - 2021-06-13
Choosen plan division:

see course schedule
Type of class: Lecture, 30 hours, 35 places more information
Coordinators: Igor Chabrowski
Group instructors: Igor Chabrowski
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Examination: Course - Grading
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