HTY 341: The Making of Modern China

Instructor:  Ngo Vinh Long

Class Number:  78743

Days/Time:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 12:00 – 12:50 p.m.

Location:  Stevens 155

Description:  A survey of social, economic, cultural and political development 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 will be expected to get a good grasp of how social, economic, cultural and political development 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.

General Education Requirements: Satisfies the Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives and Social Contexts and Institutions requirements.

Prerequisites: HTY 107 or HTY 108 or six hours of history or permission.