China's Last Dynasty: The Great Qing (HSTY2606)


This unit studies the Qing Dynasty from its founding in 1644 to the last emperor's abdication in 1912. At its height, the Qing was a flourishing empire: its military campaigns created the map of China today; an agricultural revolution saw the population boom; and the court drew scholars from around the world. Yet in the nineteenth century, foreign gunships and domestic rebellions threw the empire into crisis. An analysis of that crisis is crucial to our understanding of China today.

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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x500wd source analysis (5%), 1x500wd essay proposal (5%), 1x2500wd research essay (45%), 1x1000wd take-home exercise (30%), tutorial participation (15%)

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



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