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HIST 4806 Borderlands in Modern Chinese History (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

This course will trace the origins of Chinese cultural identity, the identities of groups on the shifting frontiers of China, and the history of interactions between these communities. We will begin with terminology: what do terms like culture, ethnicity, nation, and identity mean? What do they mean when applied to China? We will then discuss the expansion of China’s borders in late imperial times and the development of ideas about nation, ethnicity, and race in the early twentieth century. Finally, we will explore the Chinese Communist Party's conceptions of nominal autonomy for ethnic minorities and a "unity of nationalities."

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Steven Pieragastini

Prerequisites: History Core, Parts I and II.

Cross listed with:

Comments: Fulfills the non-Western requirement for History Majors

Last Updated: 24-Jun-17