Chinese history since 1800. Offered even Spring. This course meets the Multicultural graduation requirement.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered even Spring.
Most current editions of the following:
Select the most current edition of the following:
The Great Chinese Revolution
By Fairbank, John (Harper) Recommended
The Rise of Modern China
By Hsu, Immanuel (Oxford University Press) Recommended
China’s Path to Modernization
By Vohra, Ranbir (Prentice Hall) Recommended
To understand important events in Chinese history since 1900.
To identify significant individuals who contributed to the development of recent Chinese history.
To identify major trends in recent Chinese history.
• Identify major political, economic and intellectual trends in nineteenth century China. • Explain the rise of nationalism in China 1860-1949. • Define the achievements and blunders of Communist China.
Because the course represents an upper-level history elective, it bears a distinctive responsibility for teaching advanced knowledge within the discipline. It must be distinguished as an advanced course by three structural components: extensive reading, intensive writing, and historiographical thinking. It must require advanced students to complete both in class and out of class projects (i.e., midterms, finals, team reports, quizzes, research papers). The reading load should be a
minimum of 1000 pages; the course writing assignments should total c5000 words.
The major topics include but are not limited to the following areas:
The context of Europe in the 1550s
China and the West
War with Japan
Communist China, 1949-76
Communist China, 1976-present
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical
outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.