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HIS658 Seminar in Modern China

Lead Faculty: Dr Alex Zukas

Course Description

Focused examination of primary and secondary sources as well as advanced research in the current scholarly literature on Chinese history since the establishment of the Qing dynasty (ca. 1615 C.E.). Areas may include, but are not limited to, political, military, economic, intellectual, cultural, social, environmental and diplomatic history.

Learning Outcomes

  • Organize the major historical themes and issues in Chinese history during the Qing dynasty as presented and debated in the scholarly literature.
  • Analyze the specific characteristics of, and similarities and differences between, works of major historians on the history of the Qing dynasty.
  • Evaluate the theoretical and empirical approaches these historians take to the study of the history of the Qing dynasty.
  • Research the scholarly discussion of the history of the Qing dynasty.
  • Compose a professional commentary that integrates this research into a position paper that assesses that scholarly discussion and presents the student's own critical approach to the topic.
  • Produce a book review of publishable quality on a recent historical monograph in Chinese history since the establishment of the Qing dynasty.