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The Rise of Modern China

The evolution of modern Chinese history and culture from the height of the Qing Dynasty in the late 1700s to its rise as a modern world power in the twenty-first century.  Coverage includes a study of China's traditional culture, its collapse throughout the nineteenth century, the struggle for power between the Chinese Nationalists and Communists, the rise of Maoist China, and the evolution of China as a modern economic power since the 1980s.

Instructor Bio:

Dr. Metraux is Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor of Asian Studies at Mary Baldwin University where he has taught since 1983.  He received his doctorate in 1978 from the Dept. of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University.  Dr. Metraux has lived, studied and taught in Japan for over 5 years and has received two Fulbright awards for research in China.  He is the author of many books and articles on modern Japanese and Chinese affairs and served as president of the SE Chapter of the Association for Asian Studies in 2005.

Required Reading:

The instructor will prepare a reader including reading material from a variety of sources for each student in the class.

Recommended Reading:

Mitter, Rana. Modern China: A Very Short Introduction, 2000. Guo, Xiaolu. Village of Stone, 2004. Snow, Edgar. Red Star Over China, 1939.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A602 Daniel Metraux Feb 20, 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 27 Tu 2:30-4:00 p.m. The R. R. Smith Center A

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