HIST 347BSpring 2018

Modern Chinese History

Gain understanding of how the Chinese Empire, with a bright and advanced civilization in ancient times, became a semi-colony of the western powers, and how the Chinese people pushed forward the modernization of China.
Song Yunwei
Course Introduction
Song Yunwei

Song Yunwei

Ph.D. Beijing University 
  • Reading
  • Teaching
  • Traveling
  • History
  • Surfing the Internet
  • Spending Time with Friends 

Modern Chinese History

This course is accredited through Loyola University Chicago
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Course Description

We will start the “Modern History” of China with the Opium Wars of 1840 as this is a crucial period of change, and trace the historical development up to the present day. The lectures will address both chronological and thematic considerations so that it will be easier for students to follow. We will study the China situation in the developing world from 17th century to 19th century. We also will talk about the political reformation, democracy movement, economic development and social problems in the 20th century. The course is specifically designed for foreign students studying in TBC with the objective of enabling them to understand ongoing social, economic and political trends which have their roots in history.

We will basically have two hours of lectures each week, and then 45 minutes either for discussion or movies. (Excerpts from the three-part documentary “China: A century of Revolution” will be shown in the classroom.). When we have a seminar, you will be divided into several groups, and then you need to present your group’s conclusions. All the topics that will be discussed in the classes are listed in this syllabus. Students are encouraged to become actively involved in class discussions and to present your own understandings on historical issues.

Courses Outcomes

Lectures, readings, written assignments and discussions are designed to help you develop the
skills to:
• Think historically, read critically, and write and speak persuasively.
• Connect and integrate historical understandings of Modern China. Have a better understanding of present day China.
• Investigate and appreciate the complex, multi-causal origins of the events and outcomes of this period.
• Critically evaluate the validity of historical evidence from a variety of sources and come up with your own interpretations of source materials.
• Use primary and secondary sources to construct original, complex, and logical interpretations of the events and processes of this decade.