History of Modern China
(HIST 3630-001)
TTh 11:00-12:15
Brewster B-205

Fall 2006
John A. Tucker, Ph.D.
Brewster A-304
Office Hours 12:30-1:30
or by appointment
Office: 328-1028
Home: 756-4126
Email: Tuckerjo@mail.ecu.edu


A. Course Description: This course explores the historical transformations that have led to the development of modern China. The course opens with an examination of the Qing dynasty, the last major dynasty in Chinese history, and then explores the forces, internal and external, driving China toward a major revolution in the twentieth century. After surveying the rivalry between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Nationalist Guomindang (GMD) Party, the course focuses on the emergence of the People's Republic of China, from the Mao years through the Deng Xiaoping-Jiang Zemin era. While the course focuses primarily on the mainland, i.e., traditional China geo-culturally speaking, attention is devoted to exploring "Chinas" at other levels, such as the Republic of China (Taiwan), Singapore, and overseas communities where Chinese history and culture remain strong forces. 

B. Grading: Grading will be based on two exams (30% each). The first exam will be given on Thursday October 12; the last exam, on Tuesday, December 5. Exams will include objective (true/false, multiple choice) questions. However, at least 60% of the exam will consist of essay questions. Perfect attendance is expected. Repeated unexcused absences may result in a reduction of the final grade. While the instructor will lecture regularly, class participation in the form of insightful questions and comments, are welcomed. Readings will be discussed weekly. Student contributions to class discussions will count for 20% of the final grade. A writing assignment on the required readings will also count for 20% of the final grade.

C. Required Readings: 

Spence, Jonathan D. The Search for Modern China. New York: Norton, 2001.

Cheng, Pei-kai, Jonathan Spence, and Michael Lestz, editors. The Search for Modern China: A Documentary Collection. New York: Norton, 1999.

Articles in the News and Observer and The New York Times. Newspapers will be provided through the Student Newspaper Readership Program. 

East Carolina University seeks to comply fully with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Students requesting accommodations based on a covered disability must go to the Department for Disability Support Services, located in Slay 138, to verify the disability before any accommodations can occur. The telephone number is 252-737-1016. 

August 24: Introduction to the course
August 29/31: Late-Ming, Early-Qing China

    GeographyDynastic Maps

    Major Dynasties of Chinese History


Spence, chs. 1-3


September 5/7: Kangxi and Qianlong

    Qing emperors

     Jesuit Missionaries to China: Matteo Ricci

     Father Johann Adam Schall Von Bell

     Painting of the Forbidden City

Spence, chs. 4-5
September 12/19: The Opium War

    Intrusion of the West

    Canton Factories

    Commissioner Lin Destroys Opium

    Scenes from the Opium War

    Henry Pottinger

    China in the Western Imagination: The Qing Court and Kowtowing

    The Summer Palace

Spence, chs. 6-7


September 19/21: Taiping Rebellion & Qing Restoration
Spence, chs. 8-9
September 26/28: Late-Qing Reform and Revolution
Spence, chs. 10-11
October 3/5: The Republic and Its Collapse
Spence, chs. 12-13
          October 10/12: Review and FIRST EXAM
          October 14-17: Fall Break
October 19: Guomindang Consolidation
The Long March
Spence, chs. 14-16
October 24/26: WWII
Spence, chs. 17-18
October 31/November 2: The PRC and the Korean War
Spence, chs. 19-20
November 7/9: Great Leap Forward and Beyond

                     The Cultural Revolution

                     Nixon's Visit and Sino-American Relations

Spence, chs. 21-22
November 14/16/21: Deng Xiaoping's Revolution


Spence, chs. 23-24
November 23/25: Thanksgiving holiday
November 28/30: China's Economic Miracle
Spence, ch. 25
December 5: Last Exam