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China (Part 7): Invasions, Rebellions and the Fall of Imperial China - Harvard University

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Part 7 includes an overview of modern Chinese history, then covers the fall of the Qing dynasty and the end of imperial China.
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What I would highlight This Part deals predominately with the 18th & 19th century when the world was changing rapidly through industrialization, technological advancements and rapidly advancing military aspirations. It becomes more clear that this course really has to skim the surface which it does well but unfortunately so much more could be said and taught about this period that it seems inadequate to touch on so many key events in China's history so lightly.

What could be improved No negative aspects.

Course taken: May 2015 | Recomendarías este centro? Sí.

What I would highlight This installment ties in to more recent world events. The demise of the Qing is sad but inevitable given the circumstances occurring internally and externally. This would also lead to China trying out political systems other than Imperialism, which are discussed in part 8 of the series.

What could be improved N/A.

Course taken: September 2015 | Recomendarías este centro? Sí.

What you'll learn on the course

Chinese History
Imperial China
Qing dynasty

Course programme

China (Part 7): Invasions, Rebellions and the Fall of Imperial China is the seventh of ten parts of ChinaX, that collectively span over 6,000 years of history. Each part consists of 4 to 8 weekly "modules," each with videos, readings, interactive engagements, assessments, and discussion forums. There are a total of 52 modules in ChinaX.

Parts 6 - 10 make up China and the Modern World, taught by Professor William C. Kirby. Parts 1 - 5 make up China: Civilization and Empire, taught by Professor Peter K. Bol.  

  • An overview of modern Chinese history; learn about Qing’s forced re-encounter and engagement with the West and its ideas and technology, the impact of imperialism and dynastic decline, culminating with the fall of the Qing dynasty.
  • Skills to analyze and understand primary sources within their historical context, particularly the writings of intellectuals wrestling with the confrontation of western ideas and technology.
  • The historiography of periodization and how one can define the modern period.
  • To develop your own approaches to history and gain a critical appreciation of China’s literary, philosophical, political and cultural resources.
  • To express ideas more clearly and confidently; to think more analytically and critically through the study of primary and secondary sources.