Course Summary

China in Transition: From Mao to Now

Unit 1 - Introduction

Introduction to the Course

Unit 2 - The Last Dynasty And The First Republic

Fall of Qing (Manchu) Dynasty - Boxer Revolution, Empress Dowager Cixi, Pu Yi - the last emperor;

Establishment of Republic of China - Dr Sun Yat-sen "Father of the Republic", General Yuan Shikai, May Fourth Movement

Unit 3 - The Power Struggles

Kuomintang (KMT) - Dr Sun Yat-sen, General Chiang Kai-shek; Chinese Communist Party (CCP); Civil War: KMT vs CCP - The Long March, War of Resistance against Japan, To the Victors, the Spoils

Unit 4 - Mao Zedong's Political And Socio-economic Ideologies

Mao Zedong's Background - Personal and Ideological, Economic and Social Reforms, Great Leap Forward

Unit 5 - Death Of The "Emperor": Who Will Lead China?

Aftermath of the Cultural Revolution (1970-1976)

Succession Power-plays - Lin Biao, Zhou Enlai, Den Ziaoping, The Gang of Four

Tiananimen Massacre - National and International Consequences

Unit 6 - Spotlight On Three Women Of Destiny

Jiang Qing (Madame Mao)

Ching-ling Soong (Madam Sun Yat-sen)

Mel-ling Soong (Madame Chiang Kai-sheck)

Unit 7 - The Land And Its People

The Land; Communist Party Structure and Governance;

The People -The Family Unit, One Child Policy, Religion, Social Welfare System, Education, Traditional Festivals

Unit 8 - The New Millennium

  • Economic and Industrial Expansion
  • Emerging Issues
    • External - Regional Geopolitics: Tibet; Taiwan;
    • Domestic - Energy Sources and the Environment
    • Domestic - The Rural/Urban Divide
    • Where to Now?