Fall Term 2019
Twentieth Century China
二十世紀的中國[Èrshí shìjìde Zhōng Guó]
From Republicanism to Communism to Corporatism?
A– China , the most populous state on earth and the third largest in geographical area ,is also one of many civilizations with a continued history of about 3000 years. This very intensive course – addressing the domestic and international realms of China’s history since the 1911 [Xinhai] Revolution- begins with an introduction of earlier eras and their legacy. The subtitle refers to what Professor Kovalio considers to be China’s three major political regimes since 1911,In 2019 – the 70th anniversary of the communist victory in the civil war- the People’s Republic of China is a one-party, anti-democratic politico-social system bolstered by a seemingly successful economy – all dominated by the Communist [in name only] Party and its “leader for life” Xi Jin-ping’s so-called “socialism with Chinese characteristics for the new era.” This is a system reminiscent of the Corporatist regimes of prewar Italy and Germany in both domestic structure and foreign policy.
B– The main learning tool for the class is Coursepack HIST 3805 : Twentieth Century China by Jacob Kovalio – 2019 edition – available in the CU Bookstore at a nominal price. The traditional text for the course is Jonathan D. Spence’s The Search for Modern China [New York: W.W.Norton and Co., 2010]
C – The fascinating complexity of the subject and the large amount of material covered every class require regular attendance. There are no classes between October 21st and 25th [Fall Break]. Class atmosphere is very stimulating. However, Social Networking and Texting in ANY form, as well as Eating are allowed only during breaks.
D- GRADING contains three components: I– Attendance: 20%. II – One analytical TYPEWRITTEN essay , worth 50% of the grade , due at term’s end, and which should include : 1 – A cover page. 2 – A summary page. 3 – Footnotes as citation style. 4 – At least five sources – only ONE [and not the main] wikisource . 5 – No mandatory length. III – One final , in-class identification and definition test-worth 30% of the grade. PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLETE ALL ASSIGNMENTS IN ORDER TO BE IN GOOD STANDING.