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HIST 2652 History of Shanghai (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

Shanghai: "the Paris of the East," "the Pearl of the Orient. "the City of the Future!" Why is it that this city evokes such hyperbolic statements? How, despite dramatic social, political, and economic upheavals, is Shanghai's unique history guiding its present and future path? On course to be the world's largest city in the near future, Shanghai is a city with an identity crisis. This course will explore various facets of the city’s history, including urban culture, the representation of gender and sexuality, the complex adaptation of global influences, the role of class and ethnicity, and economic development.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Steven Pieragastini

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 19-Apr-17