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China 101: The Opium Wars to Regional Power

China’s influence in the world and its effect on the international system has increased rapidly during the last decade. The interest of informed citizens in the complex US-China bilateral relationship has grown as that influence is felt in many sectors of American life. Political, economic, and social issues in China and the change in relative power must be factored into the calculus of geopolitics. In this course, an abbreviated examination of Chinese history will suggest possible explanations for state behavior in international affairs. Leadership changes that occurred in 2013, the policy adjustments that followed, and changes in Chinese governance that will occur in 2017 will be discussed. We will undertake a survey of the social, economic, regional, military, and geopolitical changes taking place in China, the region, and the US-China relationship. A word of caution: given the broad expanse of topics, time will permit only a limited examination of these complex issues. The instructor will rely, to a limited extent, on personal observations and relationships arising from his work in China over a decade. One should expect that the lesson plan will be somewhat more dynamic than many courses, inasmuch as then-current events may cause topics of interest to change as issues are overtaken by events.

Instructor Bio:

A longtime student of China, Myrle Langley is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a BA and MA in foreign affairs. His interest in the region led to three- to four-week volunteer teaching assignments in various universities and senior schools in China, annually over the ten years that ended in 2013, due to university age limits. These assignments were supplemented by motorcycle tours through Bhutan in 2008, Tibet in 2012, and Kyrgyzstan in 2014. Insight gained from friendships with Chinese students and professors provide an ongoing personal dimension and currency to the academic approach.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B21 Myrle Langley Apr 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24 We 10:00-11:30 a.m. Meadows Presbyterian Church WL

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