I was asked once to explain all of modern Chinese history—in an hour or less. I’d like to give you the updated version to start out class and maybe enlist your help along the way.
Why China matters
I’ll start by suggesting some reasons we should care about China today:
History through turning points
Most of the rest of my talk would remain the same today. It centered on the diagram above:
The Reception, a caricature of the reception that Lord Macartney received from the Qianlong Emperor by James Gillray. Wikimedia.
Discussion on China's rise, public history, and you
These are all the kinds of key details we will get into in the course. But this is the part you can help me with. Work with a partner to discuss the following three questions:
Review together the first part of the syllabus followed by a few minutes to read over the remainder and ask clarifying questions.
Homework: Assignment #101.