HIST 363. Modern China
Many view China as an ethnocentric civilization that responded to Western intrusions haphazardly, suffered under Japanese imperialism then under a communist regime but is nonetheless poised to become a dominant world power. This course is a descriptive and analytical survey of Chinese history from the 19th to the 21st century with an emphasis on China's search for identity and power in the modern world. It examines the changing relationship between the Chinese state and Chinese society and the evolving relationship of the Chinese nation to the rest of the world over the past two centuries.