Summer I 2007
Office: #F12, Tamarack Hall
Web page: http://www.iun.edu/~hisdcl
Office hours: MW 11-11:30am, 2:30-3:30pm, T by appt.
Purpose of Course
This course includes a survey of 20th century China. It focuses on the selective historical topics in the four following areas:
These four topics cover significant events in 20th century Chinese history, aimed at a better grasp of the complexity of modern Chinese history.
The following two books are required readings that are available at the university bookstore.
Li, Feifei. Nanking 1937. M.E.Sharpe, 2002.
Wang, Ruowang. Hunger Trilogy. M.E.Sharpe, 1992.
Required readings also include online readings, often from JSTOR, which you can access with your IUN email account on campus or at home.
I. Weekly writing assignments: There are two types of writing assignments for each week:
1. One or two essay questions (indicated as "essays") that are to be typed and double spaced, about one page for each question, attached to your Oncourse email to me. They are due on Sunday night.
2. Short Discussion forum questions that you need to post on the discussion forum. I will post the discussion forum questions on the Discussion forum at the beginning of each week for you to answer. For both Oncourse email and discussion forum questions, you need to log onto Oncourse with your IUN email ID and password, and click on the "In Touch" icon. There you will find both Oncourse email and Discussion Forum (note, with the latter you can both post and view all discussion postings). They are due on Sunday night.
II. Two take-home papers, each 10-12 pages, typed,
double spaced. The papers need citations.
Those who take the course at the 200 level will use the two built-in paper topics, respectively, using the required readings plus one outside reading for each paper.
You will use the first built-in paper topic but need to find a second paper topic on your own, based on themes covered in class. You are required to use both in-class readings and outside sources for your second paper. And you are required to discuss your prospective paper topic with the instructor no later than the 6th week. The written paper proposal and the presentation count as part of the final grade.
Each student is also required to do a 3-4 page book review on a monograph on contemporary China. Book title needs to be pre-approved of by instructor.
Method of grading: all grades are assigned in percentages, which will be tabulated at the end of the semester and converted to letter grades. The averages of your take-home papers and of your weekly writing assignments will be taken to represent the grades for your take-home paper and weekly writing assignment. The conversion is as follows: 93-100: A; 90-93: A-; 85-89: B+; 80-84: B; 75-79: B-; 70-74: C+; 65-69: C; 60-64: C-; 55-59: D+; 50-55: D; 45-49: D-; 44 and below: F.
Grade distribution is as follows:
Essay Homework: 20 per cent
Discussion forum postings: 10 per cent
Presentation of second paper topic on campus: 5 per cent
Book review: 5 per cent
Take-home papers: 30 per cent each
Sourcebook of Chinese Civilizations
yahoo`s China site
Asia Through the Lens: Photography of China and Japan, 1870-1920
Website with Chinese maps: http://www.chinapage.org/map/map.html
Online text: Modern Chinese history
Memories of War
Week 1 (May 14-20):
1. Introduction: China in the twentieth century and memory of modern China. Notes.
2. Read online text of Modern Chinese history.
May 16. The Sino-Japanese War and the Nanking Massacre: History and Memory. Li, chaps.1, 3. Notes. Online reading: Entangled Memories: Versions of the Past in Germany and Japan.
Week 2. (May 21-27)
May 21 Contrasting Chinese and Japanese views of the massacre. Li, chaps.4 & 5. Notes
May 23 Japanese memory of the massacre. Li, chaps. 6 & 7. Notes. Online reading: The Politics of History in Chinese-Japanese Relations Online reading notes.New.
Week 3 (May 28-June 3)
May 28 No class.
May 30 History and memory from a transnational perspective. Li, chaps. 9 & 11. Notes
Week 4 (June 4-10)
First take-home paper due on June 10 as Oncourse email attachment. Topic: Using in-class readings and an outside source, discuss how the Nanjing Massacre was remembered in China and Japan and the politics, culture, and history implied in these memories. The paper needs to be 8-10 pages, double spaced, with citations, and a bibliography of the outside source.
New: announcement: please note a change in readings for this week and the next two weeks: the following readings were scheduled for week 5, but now are moved up to week 4:
1. Online reading: Political campaigns in 1950s China.
2. Realizing economic development through political campaigns, the Great Leap Forward. Online reading: the Great Leap Forward.
3. Online reading: "Trauma and Memory: The Case of the Great Famine in the People's Republic of China" . Notes.
Week 5 (June 11-17) Please reprint for reading adjustments in week 5
2. Memories of the CR from the point of view of a Communist member. Wang, Part 3. Notes
3. online reading: Interview with Wang Ruowang.
Memories of Political Movements in Communist China
Week 6 (June 18-24) Please reprint for reading adjustments in week 6
1. Online reading: Politics and Individuality in Communist Revolutionary Culture;
2. Online reading: Understanding Popular Violence during the Cultural Revolution Notes
1. The end of the CR and the beginning of economic reform. Online reading.
2. Online reading: Nationalism, History and Memory at the Beijing War Memorial Museum
Week 7 (June 25-July 1)
June 25 Online reading: China's Changing Views Toward World War II in An Age of Reform. Notes
Second take-home paper and book review due June 29. The paper should be 8-10 pages, typed, double-spaced, and on a topic covered in the second half of the semester. Since this is a research paper, you need more than one outside source for it.