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Colonialism in China

HISTORY 70A (4.0 units)Session I

Colonialism in China was an entirely different beast. Despite its impaired sovereignty, China was never fully colonized. However, unlike other total colonies that were primarily subjugated by one single imperial power (think, for instance, of British India or French Algeria), China was nevertheless subjected to influences of multiple empires from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries. This course explores the historical relationship between colonialism and modern China (roughly defined, from 1840s to 1940s). It seeks to address the following questions: 1) what forms did colonialism take in modern China, and what impacts did it exert on Chinese society? 2) what is unique about China’s colonial history, and what are the similarities and differences between China and other colonial settings? 3) what implications does China’s colonial past hold for its contemporary society? This course is divided into three parts. The first part investigates how scholars have approached colonialism in China and examine what methodologies they have adopted for their specific subject matters. The second part offers a wide-ranging survey on how colonialism influenced various aspects of modern Chinese society, with a particular emphasis on events, places, people, and institutions. The last part focuses on the decline of colonial influence in China and discusses the colonial legacy for contemporary China. Repeatability: Unlimited as topics vary. (IV, VIII)

Instructor(s) STAFF
Schedule MW 4:00 - 6:50pm, Room To Be Announced TBA
Units 4.0
Course Code 26590
UC Undergraduate (per unit) $ 279.00
UC Graduate (per unit) $ 349.00
Visitor (per unit) $ 349.00
Note(s) None