Units of Study

HSTY2673 - Lived Experience in Modern China

Semester 2, 2011  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Helen Dunstan


Said Mao Zedong in 1926, "The soldier fights, the bandit robs, the thief steals, the beggar begs, and the prostitute seduces." The industrial worker (perhaps a child aged seven) toiled, and the peasant grew crops but went hungry. What do we know of the lives of such people? Exactly what changed over the ensuing decades? This unit of study offers a social history of subaltern life in twentieth-century China, from the 1911 revolution until recent times.


participation (15%), 1x1750wd essay (35%), 1x2250wd essay (35%) and 1x individual or group oral presentation (15%)


2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


12 credit points of Junior History, Ancient History, or Asian Studies

Assumed Knowledge

No prior knowledge of Chinese history is assumed

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