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HIS 353 Modern China (3 credits)

Chinese social, political, intellectual, and cultural history from 1840 to 1997. Major topics will include the Opium Wars, emergence of Chinese nationalism, the Boxer Rebellion, collapse and fall of the Qing dynasty, the May Fourth Movement in literature and politics, competing strands of Chinese communism, warlords, the anti-Japanese war, the founding of the People’s Republic, the Great Leap Forward, Cultural Revolution, Deng Xiaoping’s Reforms, social protest of the 1980s, and cinema of China’s Fifth Generation