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HARVARD UNIVERSITY
History E1830

The Emergence of Modern China (Fall Term 2007)

Tuesdays, 5:30—7:30

Professor Philip A. Kuhn

Sever Hall, 212
Course Format
Emphasis of this seminar will be on analysis of primary sources in translation, to understand the modern Chinese experience through the writing of those who lived it. Student performance will be evaluated on the basis of class participation, as well as on an 18--20 page research paper due at the end of term. Papers will be based on primary material in the sourcebook, plus additional material (see: recommended readings) as needed for particular topics. Prof. Kuhn will introduce the context of each class meeting with a brief talk.
To insure that discussions are worthwhile for everyone, each will focus on a moderate-length reading selection to be prepared by class time. Such selections are indicated by asterisks (*) on the reading list.

Class Meetings

Week 1 What to Look For: China on the Brink of Modern Times

Week 2 Culture, Society, and Politics
Week 3 The Domestic Crisis
Week 4 TheWestern Invasion
Week 5 Nation-building and Revolution
Week 6 New Culture, New Politics

Week 7 FILM: TBA


Week 8 The People’s Republic
Week 9 FILM: “The Mao Years”

Weeks 10--14 RESEARCH REPORTS



HARVARD UNIVERSITY

History E1830

The Emergence of Modern China (Spring Term, 2006)

(Professor Kuhn)
READING LIST
Books are on reserve at the Grossman Library, Sever Hall 311; required readings, and some recommended ones, are available for purchase at the Coop textbook department.
GENERAL BACKGROUND and REFERENCE

Texts:

John K. Fairbank and Merle Goldman, China: A New History. Enlarged ed., 1998 (Portions will be assigned to accompany weekly readings.)


W.T. DeBary and Richard Lufrano, ed., Sources of Chinese Tradition, 2nd ed., Vol . 2. 2001

READINGS
Items recommended but not required are enclosed in parens ( ). These recommended items are included as additional sources for research papers. S indicates selections in the course sourcebook. T indicates selections from deBary, Sources of Chinese Tradition. * indicates selections for detailed discussion in class.
WEEK 1: NO READING ASSIGNMENT
WEEK 2: CULTURE, SOCIETY, AND POLITICS
*WU Ching-tzu, The Scholars, Ch. 1-4, 16-19 (S)
(Susan Naquin and E. S. Rawski, Chinese Society in the Eighteenth Century, Ch. 1-3)
(Philip A. Kuhn, Soulstealers: The Chinese Sorcery Scare of 1768, Ch. 2-3)
(G.W. Skinner, The City in Late Imperial China, 275-351)
(HO Ping-ti, The Ladder of Success in Imperial China 1-91)

WEEK 3: THE DOMESTIC CRISIS

*HUANG Zongxi, Waiting For The Dawn: A Plan for the Prince. 4-12 (T)


*WEI Yuan, “ On Governance” 188-192 (T)
HONG Liangji, Imperial Malfeasance and China’s Population Problem 172-179 (T)
Fairbank and Goldman, China: a New History, 206-216
(Naquin and Rawski, Ch. 4-6)
(Documents on Law and Society (S))
(GU Yanwu, On Bureaucratic Local Administration.. 39-41 (T))
(Kuhn, Soulstealers, Ch. 9)

WEEK 4: THE WESTERN INVASION
*S.Y. Teng and J.K. Fairbank, eds., China's Response to the West, Documents 5, 7, 8, 14, 19, 20, 30, 45, 55
Fairbank and Goldman, 187-205
(_______, Trade and Diplomacy on the China Coast: The Opening of the Treaty Ports, 1842-1854, 23-53, 462-468)
(CHANG Hsin-pao, Commissioner Lin and the Opium War)
(Zheng, Yangwen. The Social Life of Opium in China)

WEEK 5: NATION-BUILDING AND REVOLUTION

*TSOU Jung, The Revolutionary Army: A Chinese Nationalist Tract of 1903 (Edited and translated by John Lust) 50-55, 65-98, 99-127 (S)


*LIANG Ch'i-ch'ao (Liang Qichao), "On the Public Capacity" (S)
Fairbank and Goldman, 217-253
(Benjamin I. Schwartz, In Search of Wealth and Power: Yen Fu and the West, 1-98, (113-247))
(Mary Rankin, Elite Activism and Political Transformation in China: Zhejiang Province, 1865-1911 Ch. 5, 170-201)


WEEK 6: NEW CULTURE, NEW POLITICS

*LU Hsun, Selected Stories, "Call to Arms," "Medicine," "Diary of a Madman," "My Old Home"


*Edgar Snow, Red Star Over China, Part IV: "Genesis of a Communist"
HU Shi (Hu Shih), "The Chinese Renaissance" (S)
Fairbank and Goldman, 255-341
(Stuart Schram, The Political Thought of Mao Tse-tung (Selections) (S))
(Chiang Kai-shek, "Fundamental Problems of Revolutionary National Reconstruction" (S))
WEEK 7: FILM: TBA
WEEK 8: THE PEOPLES REPUBLIC

*CHEN Jo-hsi, The Execution of Mayor Yin. Read "The Execution of Mayor Yin," "Mao Tse-tung is a Rotten Egg," ("Night Duty," and "The Big Fish.")


Fairbank and Goldman, 343-405
Rachel Murphy, How Migrant Labor is Changing Rural China, Ch. 2—4
(Philip A. Kuhn, Origins of the Modern Chinese State)
(Stanley Karnow, Mao and China: A Legacy of Turmoil, 101-369)
(Benjamin Schwartz, Chinese Communism and the Rise of Mao)
(Anonymous, "The Ten Thousand Character Manifesto" in Schell & Shambaugh, eds, The China Reader: The Period of Reform.)
WEEK 9: FILM: “THE MAO YEARS”
WEEKS 10—14: RESEARCH REPORTS


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