U.S.-China Relations since 1800 [CRN 27356]

Discipline: History
Instructor: Clark
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1400
End: 1520
Field Work: Day 1 | January 31, 2018 | China
Prerequisites: Completion of three (3) history credits and no fewer than 45 total credits Download Syllabus

A survey of America’s part in 19th century Western imperialism: the Opium Wars and unequal treaties; Chinese immigration to the U.S.; American missionaries in China; the American “Open  Door” policy and “Special Relationship” with China; the WWII alliance with the Chinese Republic; the “Loss of China” to communism; the Sino-American war in Korea; the Nixon visit and Shanghai Communiqué; and the adjustments to rising Chinese world power. The course will conclude with studies of competing goals in security policy and trade.

Students will learn to see contemporary U.S.-China relations in historical context, and to comprehend the basis for mutual images and attitudes. Readings, field work, lectures and exams will help students learn to see China as a civilization with a unique modern experience. By examining literature and listening to voices on both sides of the encounter, students will learn to respect the alternative viewpoints of two great but not incompatible twenty-first century superpowers.

Field Work

Country: China
Day: 1
Date: January 31, 2018

Shanghai, under imperialism, touring the Shanghai City Museum (上海市历史博物馆; Shànghǎi Shì Lìshǐ Bówùguǎn), then to the founding site of the Chinese Communist Party in the French Concession and the home of Sun Yat-sen, founder of the Republic (上海中山故居; Shànghǎi Zhōngshān Gùjū (two key sites of the Chinese revolution). After lunch to the Shanghai American Center for a briefing and discussion of issues in Sino-American relations, followed by visit to the Peace Hotel and the historical photographs in the lobby corridors.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To acquire a broader understanding of US-China relations by observing contemporary Shanghai and learning about the history of Western imperialism in China at the City History Museum.
  2. To learn from consular officials about contemporary issues in US-China relations.
  3. To visit key sites related to the founding of modern China: Sun Yat-sen’s home and the site/museum of the 1921 founding of the Chinese Communist Party.