The Rise of Modern China (M. Levine)





Dr. Marilyn Levine
Lewis-Clark State College

The 1949 Revolution which created the People's Republic of China was the crowning point of over a century of political ferment. Experiencing a revolution from the bottom to the top, the question of social stability was secondary to the issues of political and social justice during this period. This class will explore the transition from the dynastic system to the modern state, looking at both internal factors such as the Confucian value system, as well as external factors, such as the forcible intrusion of the West.

I. Required Reading

, I., The Rise of Modern China [Text] Pruitt, I., A Daughter of Han
Hsiung, J. et. al., China's Bitter Victory Hinton, W., Fanshen
Liang, H., Son of the Revolution
Readings on Reserve

II. Class Schedule

1/18  Introduction

Traditional China

Text: Chapter 1

1/25  The Qing Dynasty

The Taiping Rebellion

Text: Chapters 2-6, 10

2/1   The Incursion of the West

China's Self-Strengthening Movement

Pruitt, A Daughter of Han [Outline Due]

Text: Chapters 7-10, Part III

2/8    Reform & Revolt at the Turn of the Century

A Generation of Lasts & Firsts

Text: Chapters 15-16

2/15     FILM

2/22  Qing Reforms

The 1911 Revolution

Reserved Reading: "The Life and Writings of Tsou Jung" (Hsueh)

[Student-Led Discussion]

Text: Chapters 17-20

Take-Home exam Passed Out to Class

3/1    Take-Home exam #1  Due

Yuan Shikai & the Republican Era

Warlordism in China

Text: Chapter 21

3/8    The New Culture & May Fourth Movements

The Rise of Party Politics

The Emergence of Mass Politics

Text: Chapter 22

3/15  The Nanjing Decade

Japanese Aggression in China

The  War Against Japan

Text: Chapters 23-24

Hsiung, China's Bitter Victory [student selects 3 chapters, Outline Due]

3/22 FILM

3/28 - 4/2 ~~ SPRING VACATION ~~

4/5    The Victory of Chinese Communism

Hinton, Fanshen, pp.     [Outline Due]

Take-Home exam Passed Out to Class

4/12  Take-Home exam #2  Due

Mass Campaigns & the Great Leap Forward

The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution

Text: Chapters 26-31

4/19  FILM

Liang, Son of the Revolution  [Student Led Discussion]

4/26  The Post-Mao Era

China's Future [Student Led Discussion based on Reserved Reading]

Reserved Reading, Current Articles on Modernization

Text: Chapters 32-33, 35-40

Take-Home exam Passed Out to Class

5/3   Take-Home exam #3  Due


III. Assignments, Attendance & Grading Policy

~ Students will be responsible for 3 Outlines (30% of grade), 3 Exams (60% of grade) and Participation (10% of grade).

~Assignments are to be turned in on-time, according to the dates on the syllabus, and will be graded down by half a grade for each day they are late, up until 50% of the grade. Attendance in class is absolutely required, and will be part of the participation grade.

~Students are encouraged to make use of office hours which are listed at the top of the syllabus.



Step One

Definitions: List three to five words of which you are unsure. Look them up and write down the definitions of them.

Step Two

Main Theme: Write down your version of a general statement of the author's message.

Step Three

Subtopic Identification: Identify two to three subtopics. Note the subtopics you had trouble comprehending or which you think would provide a profitable discussion.

Step Four

Subtopic Explanation & Questions: Write a brief statement of the subject matter of each subtopic. Design a question that you would ask for each.

Step Five

Integration with Other Materials: Write down the meaning or usefulness the material has for understanding other concepts and materials. Indicate what other ideas the material substantiates, contradicts, or amplifies.

Step Six

Application: Write down how the material can apply to your own life situation - past, present or future. What implications does the material hold for your own intellectual pursuits or interests?

Step Seven

Evaluation: Write down your reactions and evaluation of the assignment.

[Adapted from Hill, Wm. Fawcett, Learning Thru Discussion (Sage Publications, 1969)]