In this course students will gain an understanding of contemporary China from historical and cultural perspectives and an explanation of why so many political and ideological conflicts happen between China and the West. We will discuss the patterns of Chinese culture based on recent research and analyze how the character of East Asian people has been shaped. We will also study the impact of Confucianism on Chinese society and its influence outside of China. We will examine the success of East Asian modernization after the Cold War as the most dynamic region of sustained economic growth and political development since World War II. Cross-listed as HST 443.
Locations: Beijing, Tsinghua
Semesters: Fall, Spring