Spring 2018 – MODERN CHINESE HISTORY LECTURE COURSE – HI 364 – Professor Menegon

China is the second economic power in the world today, one of the most populous countries on earth, and a key political global player. You need to know about its incredible history! Join for an exciting exploration of modern Chinese history in HI 364 (lecture course), meeting on MWF, 11:15-12:05 in Spring 2017. 

The course examines the main political, social, economic, religious and cultural developments from the late Ming dynasty (1600), through the Qing period (1644-1911), the Republican period (1912-1949), the Civil War and the establishment of the People’s Republic of China (1949), up to the present. The course focuses on the development of the Chinese political system in the late imperial era, paying particular attention to the transformation of the Ming centralized bureaucratic system at the hands of the Manchu conquerors; the multi-ethnic nature of the Qing empire (‘the last emperors’); the nineteenth century crises, provoking up to 50 million casualties, and their domestic and international dimensions; the attempts at reforms and the 1911 Republican revolution; the rise of the Communist movement and the establishment of the People’s Republic; the turbulent Maoist era; the current period of economic reforms on the Mainland, all the way to Xi Jinping; and the social and political developments in Hong Kong and Taiwan. All along, we will pay attention to the evolution of Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, and other religions, and their role in modern Chinese history; the interaction between mainstream Chinese culture and foreign and minority cultures; economic growth and cultural achievements; and family and gender relationsFor more information and a copy of a sample syllabus, feel free to write to the instructor, Prof. Eugenio Menegon at: emenegon@bu.edu  

Modern China Flyer 2016