China in the Nineteenth-Century World (HSTY2606)


The nineteenth century was a time of critical transition in China's history. The Qing dynasty was declining, like every dynasty before it, but this decline was different. The most famous rebel claimed to be Christ's younger brother; the most successful article of foreign trade was opium (imported); China's most dangerous foreign foes were island nations - first Britain, later Japan. We explore how the dynasty responded to the crises and how foreign intrusions affected China's cities, intellectual life and ordinary people.

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2x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/wk


1x250wd bibliography (5%), 1x250wd essay outline (5%), 1x2500wd essay (40%), 1x1.5hr exam (40%) and tutorial participation (10%)

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(12 junior credit points of History) or (12 junior credit points of Asian Studies)



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