HIST394 - US AND CHINA 1912-2012

History 394 is a comprehensive introduction, in full international context, to the last hundred years of relations between the United States and China, that is from the end of Qing empire (1644-1911/12,) through the Republic of China (1911-1949) and the People’s Republic of China (1949--). This relationship has already been important for a long time, and it will only grow much more so in the years to come Although much will be said about diplomacy, and Chinese diplomatic strategy in particular, the mile-posts of the course will be a series of wars: World War I and its effects on China; the heroic Chinese war of resistance against Japan (1937-1945) in which, effectively without allies, the Chinese avoided defeat; the bitter Civil War that followed almost immediately (1946-1949) and brought Mao Zedong and his Communists to power while the predecessor Nationalist government fled to the island of Taiwan; then the Korean War (1950-1953) and the close Chinese-Soviet alliance that followed; The Taiwan Straits Crises (1954-1955, 1958, 1996); the Chinese-Indian war (1962) the origin of a situation now heating up; the Sino-Soviet border conflicts (1969); the Vietnam War (1955-1975) which changed the United States profoundly while reorientating China internationally; the (at the time) little noticed Chinese invasion of Vietnam (1979)—and finally the increasingly tense situation today, between China and India, and China and her maritime neighbours from Japan to Indonesia, many U.S. allies. Students who have successfully completed this course will be well-positioned to understand some of the most important of current events, and if they like, pursue the topics as careers (there will be no shortage, I assure you). Requirements: Attendance at lectures; one short (2-3 page) response paper (20%), regular mid-term (20%) and final examinations (30%), and a short (8-12 page) interpretative (not research) paper on a topic of your choice (30%).
Day and Time: 
TR 1200PM-0130PM
Cross Listings: 
  • EALC044401