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HIST 157
China and the US in the 20th Century: Policy, Interests, and Imagination

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The relationship between China and the US in the 20th Century has historically been a history of extremes. From China as an uncivilized, xenophobic land in the beginning of the century to China as a close ally in WWII, from China as part of the evil empire of world communism to China as a strategic counterweight to Soviet influence a la Nixon, this relationship saw a series of dramatic swings that seems bewildering and even incomprehensible at first glance.

This course approaches this relationship in two inter-connected spheres of engagement. We begin by examining state-to-state interests and policy considerations from the Open Door to Tiananmen Square in 1989. We then query how this history of state-to-state encounters can be further understood and contextualized in the broader and parallel realms of social perception, cultural imagining, and ideological projection.

Main topics include: “Towards the Open Door,” “China and the US in the 20th Century,” “Chinese Impressions of America,” “Hollywood’s China,” and “China As America’s Dream.”

This course is open to all students, no prerequisites.

Meets the following Gen Ed requirement(s): Historical Perspectives.

Offered Spring 2016.

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