Course Descriptions: Spring 2014 - HTY 3xx listed as HTY 436: The Making of Modern China
Instructor: Ngo-Vinh Long
Time: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; 10:00 – 10:50 am
Description: A survey of social, economic, cultural and political developments in China from 1600 to the present. Emphasis will be on the 20th century, especially on the Communist Revolution and the “market economy reform” period since 1978.
Students are expected to get a good grasp of how social, economic, cultural and political developments during the last imperial dynasty of China eventually contributed to its decay and collapse; how a social revolution-or a “revolution from below” – only occurred in China and a few other countries in the 20th century; how the Cold War affected China; how and why China eventually embarked on a “market economy reform” and became a dominant player in the globalization process; and what the implications of all these have been to China itself, to East Asia, to Sino-US relations, and to the world community.