HIS 251 - History of Modern China

Course Description

This course is an introductory study of the history of China from the seventeenth century to the present. Specifically, the course seeks to analyze how China has been able to build a dynamic and growing civilization amidst rebellion, reform, and revolution. Political, economic, and social issues will be discussed to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of Chinese civilization. Three major themes in the course will deal with imperialism, nationalism, and modernization. An effort will be made to understand the political, economic, and social "self-strengthening" experiments in China within a global perspective. The final portion of the course will examine contemporary Chinese society. Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to: Explain the conflict between traditional Chinese values and the introduction of Western ideas. Describe the major Chinese attempts to reconcile the cultural conflicts. Explain the importance of the following events in Chinese history: The Taiping Revolution, Opium Wars, Unequal Treaties, Boxer Rebellion, Nationalist Movement, World War I, World War II, Korean War and the Cultural Revolution. Analyze the emerging position of China with regard to its domestic and foreign policy. Gain a greater appreciation of the important role played by China in the modern world. Utilize a variety of source material to examine modern Chinese history.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3


Course Prerequisites: Prereq: ENG 050 and REA 050