The State in Modern Chinese History

Course description The State in Modern Chinese History
Year: 2016-2017
Catalog number: 5174KCH34
Teacher(s):
  • Dr. L. Teh
Language: English
Blackboard: Yes
EC: 10
Level: 500
Period: Semester 1, Block I, II
  • No Elective choice
  • No Contractonderwijs
  • Yes Exchange
  • Yes Study Abroad
  • No Evening course
  • No A la Carte
  • No Honours Class

Admission requirements

None. Students who are interested in taking this course, but who are not admitted to one of the mentioned master programmes are requested to contact their co-ordinator of studies.

Description

A single thread connects late Qing reformers such as Kang Youwei and Liang Qichao, Republican revolutionaries namely Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, and Communist revolutionaries: their desire for a strong, centralized state. Driving this desire was the belief that only a centralized state could successfully thwart foreign imperialist expansion while modernizing Chinese economy and society. Needless to say, the ideal form of the centralized state differed according to each reformer/revolutionary’s ideological influences. In this course, we chart continuities and discontinuities in these attempts at constructing a modern centralized state, with the bulk of our time spent on the Nationalist and the Communist state. To grasp the reach of this modern state, we look beyond traditional areas of study in state-formation (taxation, borders, political participation, policing) to investigate the modern state’s expanding role in ethnic and national identities, religion, family life, and public health. Readings and class discussions will also engage with key historiographical questions—What is “Chinese” about the modern Chinese state? How strong and centralized is this modern state? What is the modern state’s relationship with local elites in rural China?—and theories of the state.

Course objectives

• Acquire understanding of key themes in the history of modern Chinese state formation;
• Effectively read various genres of historical documents and scholarly literature;
• Analyze how historians construct arguments with primary source documents;
• Identify trends, themes, and debates in scholarly literature.

Timetable

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Mode of instruction

Seminar

Course Load

280 hours total

  • Weekly seminars: 2 hours per week; 24 hours total
  • Preparation for class: 8 hours per week; 96 hours total
  • Preparation for class presentation: 20 hours
  • Book reviews: 40 hours
  • Term paper: 100 hours

Assessment method

Class attendance and active participation: 15%
Oral presentation: 15%
Books reviews: 2 × 10%; 20% total
Exam: 50%

The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average.

Blackboard

Yes. Blackboard is used for posting complete reading list, class communications, and essay submission.

Reading list

See Blackboard

Registration

Registration through uSis

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Contact

Dr. L.M. Teh
+31 71 527 5915
Email: Mw. Dr. L.Teh

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