This list relates to the 2017-18 which ended on 18/08/2018
  1. Week 1 - Introduction: Rebellion and Revolution 4 items
    1. Preparation: 4 items
      1. The search for modern China - Jonathan D. Spence 2013

        Book  (Old, longer work, but still used as textbook in most courses on modern China)

      2. China's Republic - Diana Lary 2007

        Book  (Short, interesting mix of materials)

      3. A bitter revolution: China's struggle with the modern world - Rana Mitter 2004

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book. (we’ll read parts of this, more episodic and character based with a narrower argumentative narrative)

  2. Week 2 - From 1911 to May Fourth 24 items
    1. Reading: 8 items
      1. Sources of Chinese tradition: Vol. 2: From 1600 through the twentieth century - William Theodore De Bary, 1952- Lufrano, Richard John, Wing-tsit Chan, John Berthrong 2000 (electronic book)

        Book  See note below for extracts to read

      2. Read the following from Sources of Chinese tradition, Vol. 2:

        – Ch 32: Hu Hanmin, "The Six Principles of the People's Report" (pp. 316-320)

        – Ch 32: Sun Yat-sen "The Three People's Principles" (pp. 320-23)

        – Ch 33: Hu Shi and Chen Duxiu - read the following:
        * CDX: "The Way of Confucius and Modern Life" (pp. 353-356)
        * HS: "A Preliminary Discussion of Literary Reform" (pp. 357-360)
        * CDX: "On Literary Revolution" (pp. 360-361)
        * HS: "Constructive Literary Revolution…" (pp. 361-363)
        * CDX: "The True Meaning of Life" (pp. 366-368)
        * HS: "Pragmatism" (pp. 368-369)
        * HS: "Science and Philosophy of Life" (pp. 375-377)
        * "Declaration for Cultural Construction on a Chinese Basis" (pp. 387-388)
        * HS: "Criticism of the 'Declaration for Cultural Construction on a Chinese Basis" (pp. 388-389)

      3. A bitter revolution: China's struggle with the modern world - Rana Mitter 2004

        Book  Chapter 1, pp. 3-40 and chapter 4, pp. 102-152 (Available in the Library and as an e-book.)

    2. Further Reading: 14 items
      1. Hill, Voting as a Rite : Changing Ideas of Elections in Early Twentieth Century China, 149-219 (Ch 3 Voting in a New Republic 1912-13)

      2. The Cambridge history of China: Vol. 11: Late Ch'ing 1800-1911 - Denis Twitchett, John King Fairbank, Kwang-Ching Liu 1980

        Book  pp 463-534 (Ch 9 Republican Revolutionary Movement)

      3. Rankin, Early Chinese Revolutionaries

      4. Oppose Stereotyped Party Writing

        Webpage  Only the first few paragraphs which refer to May 4th. Note that this takes place in the midst of the 1942 “Rectification Movement”

      5. Chow, The May Fourth Movement

      6. Smith, Like Cattle and Horses, 92-115 (Ch 5 The May Fourth Movement)

    3. Films of Interest: 2 items
      1. The Soong sisters - Wanting Zhang, Manyu Zhang, Michelle Yeoh, Vivian Wu 1997 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document 

      2. Also:

        • 1911 (2011) - An pretty awful movie with Jackie Chan
        • Xinhai Revolution (辛亥⾰命- 2011) - Chinese TV miniseries on the revolution in 41 parts.
        • My Early Days in France (我的法兰西岁月2012)
        • My 1919 (我的1919 1999)
        • Epoch-Making(开天辟地2011)

  3. Week 3 - Building Revolution and the War with Japan, 1931-1945 23 items
    1. Reading: 10 items
      1. Read 2 of the following; 8 items
        then choose one of them, based on what you found interesting, and read a bit more in depth (1-3 chapters) in one of these texts and be ready to talk about it in class. Consider sharing your notes from your in depth reading on our collaborative notes document:
        1. Zarrow, China in War and Revolution, 271-288, 295-303 (Ch 14, part of Ch 15)

        2. North China at war: the social ecology of revolution, 1937-1945 - Chongyi Feng, David S. G. Goodman 2000

          Book  pp 1-18 (Explaining Revolution)

        3. China in revolution: the Yenan way revisited - Mark Selden 1995

          Book  pp 320-352 (Conclusion, Epilogue)

        4. Resistance and revolution in China: the Communists and the second united front - Tetsuya Kataoka 1974

          Book  pp 1-11 and pp 303-311 (Intro, Conclusion)

    2. Further Reading: 8 items
      1. Consider completing one of Selden, Johnson, Kataoka, Wou, Chen, or Gatu.

      2. The First Chinese Soviet Government - Hai-Lu-Feng Etō

        Book  pp 43-98 - an earlier example

      3. Averill, Stephen C. Revolution in the Highlands: China's Jinggangshan Base Area

    3. Films of Interest: 5 items
      1. Red sorghum - Yimou Zhang, Li Gong, Wen Jiang, Rujun Teng 2008 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document 

      2. Yellow earth - Kaige Chen, Yimou Zhang, Bai Xue, Xueqi Wang 1993 (videorecording)


      3. Lust, caution - Ang Lee, Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Wei Tang, Joan Chen 2008 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document 

      4. The last emperor - Bernardo Bertolucci, John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole 2004 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document  Several copies available with class-mark PN1997.L2

      5. Also:

        Devils on the Doorstep (鬼⼦来了2000)

        City of Life and Death (南京!南京!2009)

        The Mountain of Tai Hang (太⾏⼭上2005)

        Back to 1942 (⼀九四⼆2012)

        Feng Shui (风⽔2011)

        The Message (风声2009)

  4. Week 4 - Great Leaps Forward: Violence and Reform 1945-1961 20 items
    1. Reading: 7 items
      1. Read the following from Sources of Chinese tradition, Vol. 2:

        – Mao "On the Correct Handling of Contradictions Among the People" including "On 'Letting a Hundred Flowers Blossom'"

        – Peng Dehuai "Letter of Opinion" To Mao

      2. Great famine in China, 1958-1962: a documentary history - Xun Zhou 2012 (electronic book)

        Book  Please read documents #14, #19, #26, #80, #120

      3. Maoism at the Grassroots: everyday life in China's era of high socialism 2015 (electronic book)

        Book  1.3 “An Overt Conspiracy: Creating Rightists in Rural Henan 1957-1958”

      4. The tragedy of liberation: a history of the Chinese revolution, 1945-57 - Frank Dikötter 2013

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      5. Eating bitterness: new perspectives on China's Great Leap Forward and famine 2011

        Book  Intro (only p1-9), Ch 4 (only p122-127), Ch 8 “Under the Same Maoist Sky” and Ch 11 “A Study of Peasant ‘Counter-Action’ ”

    2. Further Reading: 11 items
      1. Fanshen: a documentary of revolution in a Chinese village - William Hinton 1966

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      2. Tombstone: the great Chinese famine, 1958-1962 - Jisheng Yang, Roderick MacFarquhar 2013

        Book  [alternative title = 'Tombstone: The Untold Story of Mao's Great Famine']

      3. Dikötter, finish Tragedy of Liberation

      4. Dikötter, finish Mao's Great Famine

      5. Finish Manning, Kimberley Ens, and Felix Wemheuer. Eating Bitterness: New Perspectives on China's Great Leap Forward and Famine.

      6. Chinese village, socialist state - Edward Friedman, Paul G. Pickowicz, Mark Selden 1991


      7. Poverty and famines: an essay on entitlement and deprivation - Amartya Sen 1981

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      8. Weapons of the weak: everyday forms of peasant resistance - James C. Scott 1985

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      9. Hungry Bengal: war, famine and the end of empire - Janam Mukherjee 2015

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

    3. Films of Interest: 2 items
      1. To live - Yimou Zhang, You Ge, Li Gong 1994 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document 

      2. The Blue Kite - Zhuangzhuang Tian, Yi Tian, Zhang Wenyao, Chen Xiaoman 1993 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document 

  5. Week 5 - The Cultural Revolution 28 items
    1. Reading: 4 items
      1. Read the following from Sources of Chinese tradition, Vol. 2, Ch 36:


        "Sixteen Points" 

        "Red Guard Memoirs" 

      2. Mao's last revolution - Roderick MacFarquhar, Michael Schoenhals 2006

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      3. Maoism at the Grassroots: everyday life in China's era of high socialism - Jeremy Brown, Matthew D. Johnson 2015 (electronic book)

        Book  Ch: 2.9 China’s “Great Proletarian Information Revolution” of 1966-1967, pp 230-248.

    2. Further Reading: 20 items
      1. Read rest of MacFarquhar, Mao's Last Revolution

      2. Bonnin, Michel. The Lost Generation: The Rustication of China's Educated Youth

      3. White, Lynn T. Policies of Chaos: the organisational causes of violence in China's Cultural Revolution

      4. Wu, Yiching. The Cultural Revolution at the Margins

      5. Nien, Life and Death in Shanghai

      6. Li, Private Life of Chairman Mao

      7. Walder, Andrew, Fractured Rebellion: The Beijing Red Guard Movement

      8. Perry, Elizabeth, and Li Xun, Proletarian Power: Shanghai in the Cultural Revolution

    3. Films of Interest: 4 items
      1. To live - Yimou Zhang, You Ge, Li Gong 1994 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document 

      2. Farewell my concubine - Kaige Chen, Leslie Cheung, Fengyi Zhang, Li Gong 1993 (dvd)


      3. Balzac and the little Chinese seamstress - Sijie Dai 2003 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document 

      4. Also;

        The East Is Red (1965)

        In the Heat of the Sun (阳光灿烂的日⼦1994)

        Hibiscus Town (芙蓉镇1986)

        Under the Hawthorn Tree (⼭楂树之恋2010)

        11 Flowers (我⼗⼀2011)

        Up to the Mountain Down to the Village

  6. Week 6 - From Reform to “Six Four”: Tiananmen 16 items
    1. Reading: 4 items
      1. Read the following from Sources of Chinese tradition, Vol. 2, ch. 37:

        Early Critiques of the Deng Regime including works by Wei Jingsheng, Hu Ping, Wang Ruoshui

        Assessing the New Policies including Deng Xiaoping, Chen Yun

        New Demands for Change and Democracy including Fang Lizhi, Li Xiaojiang

        The New Authoritarianism including Wu Jiaxiang, Rong Jian, Yan Jiaqi,

      2. Acting Out Democracy: Political Theater in Modern China - Joseph W. Esherick, Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom 1990


    2. Further Reading: 12 items
      1. Unger, J. The Pro-Democracy Protests in China: Reports from the Provinces

      2. The Tiananmen papers - Liang Zhang, Andrew J. Nathan, E. Perry Link 2001


      3. Wasserstrom, Popular Protest and Political Culture in Modern China

      4. Oksenberg, Beijing Spring, 1989: Confrontation and Conflict: The Basic Documents

      5. Nathan, Chinese Democracy

      6. Vogel, Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

      7. Prisoner of the state: the secret journal of Zhao Ziyang - Ziyang Zhao, trans; Pu Bao, trans; Renee Chiang, trans; Adi Ignatius 2009


      8. Brook, Timothy. Quelling the People: The Military Suppression of the Beijing Democracy Movement

  7. Week 7 - Revolution, Nation, and Ethnicity 18 items
    1. Reading: 5 items
      1. Read the following from Sources of Chinese tradition, Vol. 2:

        Kang Youwei 

        Liang Qichao 

        Zhang Binglin 

      2. Explaining 'The Republic of China' - Zhang Taiyan, trans. Pär Cassel

        Article  Available via

      3. China; Inventing the Nation - Henrietta Harrison 2010

        Book  pp 132-149 (Ch 5 Ethnicity and Modernity)

      4. Empire to nation: historical perspectives on the making of the modern world - Joseph Esherick, Hasan Kayalı, Eric Van Young 2006

        Book  “How the Qing Became China” pp 229-259

    2. Further Reading: 13 items
      1. Liu, Frontier Passages: Ethnopolitics and the Rise of Chinese Communism, 1921-1945

      2. Rhoads, Manchus & Han: Ethnic Relations and Political Power in Late Qing and Early Republican China 1861-1928

      3. Mark C. Elliott, The Manchu Way: The Eight Banners and Ethnic Identity in Late Imperial China

      4. Victor Mair, "North(west)ern Peoples and the Recurrent Origins of the 'Chinese' State," in Joshua Fogel, ed., The Teleology of the Modern Nation-State

      5. Inner Asian frontiers of China - Owen Lattimore 1940


  8. Week 8 - Mao’s Revolution in a Global Context 29 items
    1. Reading: 6 items
      1. Power-knowledge: selected interviews and other writings, 1972-1977 - Michel Foucault, Colin Gordon 1980

        Book  “On Popular Justice: A Discussion with Maoists"

      2. Mao's Little red book: a global history - Alexander C. Cook 2014

        Book  (Ch 1-2, 5, 7, 8, 13)

    2. Further Reading: 19 items
      1. Cook, Mao's Little Red Book: A Global History - read rest of the book

      2. Mertha, Andrew. Brothers in Arms: Chinese Aid to the Khmer Rouge, 1975–1979.

      3. Alexander, Maoism in the Developed World

      4. Maoist insurgency since Vietnam - Thomas A. Marks 1995


      5. Hutt, Himalayan People's War: Nepal's Maoist Rebellion

      6. Pettigrew, Maoists at the Hearth: Everyday Life in Nepal's Civil War

      7. The Sino-Soviet split: Cold War in the communist world - Lorenz M. Lüthi 2008

        Book  Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      8. On practice and contradiction - Slavoj Žižek 2007


      9. Ferrante, Stefano, La Cina non era vicina: Servire il popolo e il maoismo all'italiana

      10. Fred Ho and Bill V. Mullen, eds., Afro-Asia: Revolutionary Political and Cultural Connections Between African Americans and Asian Americans

      11. On practice and contradiction - Slavoj Žižek 2007


      12. Belden Fields, A., Trotskyism and Maoism: Theory and Practice in France and the United States

    3. Films of Interest: 4 items
      1. La chinoise - Jean-Luc Godard, Anne Wiazemsky, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Juliet Berto 2005 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document 

      2. The Baader Meinhof Complex - Uli Edel, Martina Gedeck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Hannah Hertzsprung 2009 (dvd)

        Audio-visual document 

      3. Eight Glorious Years of Nepali People's War 2004

        Audio-visual document  Propaganda piece by Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)

      4. Also;

        Gymnaslærer Pedersen (2005) - Comedy about a Norwegian maoist high school teacher

        See You at Mao (1970)

        United Red Army (実録• 連合赤軍あさま⼭荘への道程2007) - On the rise and fall of Japan's most violent and self-destructive Communist organisation.

  9. Week 9 - Gender and the Family 18 items
    1. Reading: 6 items
      1. The birth of Chinese feminism: essential texts in transnational theory - Lydia H. Liu, Rebecca E. Karl, Dorothy Ko 2013

        Book  Intro., pp. 8-26 and “On the Question of Women’s Liberation” pp. 53-71. Available in the Library and as an e-book.

      2. Women in Republican China: a sourcebook - Hua R. Lan, Vanessa L. Fong 1999

        Book  Read: * 3: “Is This Also a Human Being?” - Ye Shengtao, pp. 18-21; * 31: “The Great Inappropriateness of Women’s Emancipation” - Zhang Shenfu, pp. 168-171; * 34: “Women’s Careers” - Yang Zhihua, pp. 174-176; * 35: “What Happens after Nora Leaves Home” - Lu Xun, pp. 176-181

      3. The question of women in Chinese feminism - Tani E. Barlow, American Council of Learned Societies 2004 (electronic book)

        Book  Ch: 5 “Woman under Maoist Nationalism in the Thought of Ding Ling” p190-252

      4. Chinese visions of family and state, 1915-1953 - Susan L. Glosser 2003 (electronic book)

        Book  p27-80 Ch 1 “Saving Self and Nation”

      5. Cinderella's sisters: a revisionist history of footbinding - Dorothy Ko, American Council of Learned Societies 2005 (electronic book)

        Book  pp 1-8 Introduction, pp 38-68 Ch 2 “The Body Inside Out”

      6. The gender of memory: rural women and China's collective past - Gail Hershatter 2011

        Book  Ch 1-2, p96-128, Ch 5, p186-191 (Available in the Library and as an e-book)

    2. Further Reading: 12 items
      1. Finish Hershatter, Gender of Memory

      2. Finish Cinderella's Sisters

      3. Women in China's long twentieth century - Gail Hershatter 2007 (electronic book)


      4. Chinese femininities, Chinese masculinities: a reader - Susan Brownell, Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom 2002 (electronic book)


      5. Ono, Chinese Women in a Century of Revolution, 1850-1950, 54-92 (Ch 4 Women in the 1911 Revolution)

  10. Week 10 - Culture and Memory 16 items
    1. Reading: 3 items
      1. History in three keys: the Boxers as event, experience, and myth - Paul A. Cohen 1997 (electronic book)

        Book  pp 14-56, 59-68, 211-222, 238-260, 261-297

      2. A continuous revolution: making sense of Cultural Revolution culture - Barbara Mittler 2012

        Book  Ch 3 pp 139-188 Destroying the Old, Ch 5 pp 267-304 Art of Repetition

      3. The People's Republic of amnesia: the Tiananmen revisited - Louisa Lim 2014 (electronic book)

        Book  pp 1-7 Introduction, pp 7-31 Soldier, pp 133-157 Patriot, pp 157-182 Official, 182-206 Chengdu

    2. Further Reading: 13 items
      1. Mittler, Continuous Revolution - Complete the book

      2. Lim, People's Republic of Amnesia - Complete the book

      3. Ho, Denise Y. Curating Revolution: Politics on Display in Mao's China

      4. Cook, James A., Joshua Goldstein, Matthew D. Johnson, and Sigrid Schmalzer. Visualizing Modern China: Image, History, and Memory, 1750–Present

      5. Rowe, William. Crimson Rain: Seven Centuries of Violence in a Chinese County

      6. The origins of the Boxer Uprising - Joseph Esherick 1987 (electronic book)


      7. Berry, Michael, A History of Pain: Trauma in Modern Chinese Literature and Film

      8. Lee, Ching Kwan. Re-Envisioning the Chinese Revolution: The Politics and Poetics of Collective Memories in Reform China

      9. Li, Jie, and Enhua Zhang. Red Legacies in China: Cultural Afterlives of the Communist Revolution

      10. Denton, Kirk A. Exhibiting the Past: Historical Memory and the Politics of Museums in Postsocialist China

      11. Matten, Marc Andre. Places of Memory in Modern China: History, Politics, and Identity

  11. Week 11 - Science, Technology, and the Environment 11 items
    1. Reading: 6 items
      1. Mao's war against nature: politics and the environment in Revolutionary China - Judith Shapiro 2001

        Book  Introduction pp 1-20, Ch 2 pp 67-93, Ch 5 pp 195-216

      2. Just one child: science and policy in Deng's China - Susan Greenhalgh 2008 (electronic book)

        Book  pp 316-327

      3. Barefoot doctors and western medicine in China - Xiaoping Fang 2012 (electronic book)

        Book  Ch 7 Conclusion pp 20-41

      4. Hygienic modernity: meanings of health and disease in treaty-port China - Ruth Rogaski 2004 (electronic book)

        Book  Ch 10: Germ Warfare and Patriotic Weisheng

    2. Further Reading: 5 items
      1. Choose one from among Shapiro, Greenhalgh, Schmalzer's two books, or Fang and read another chapter or two.

      2. Shapiro, Mao's War Against Nature - complete the book

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