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

Discipline: History
Instructor: Wheeler
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1700
End: 1820
Field Work: Day 1 | January 31, 2019 | China
Prerequisites: Completion of three (3) history credits and no fewer than 45 total credits Download Syllabus

Nine years before Britain’s legendary 1793 Macartney Mission to China, the newly independent United States sent a ship named Empress of China on a combined commercial and diplomatic assignment. Neither American fascination with China nor Chinese ambivalence toward Meiguo (beautiful country) has waned over the subsequent two centuries. Through assigned readings – a series of roughly sequential monographs – students will follow the twists and turns in this complex and world-historically important relationship. These readings, a discussion-oriented classroom, and a field class in Shanghai will guide us through geopolitical, commercial, and cultural dimensions of the Sino-U.S. relationship.

Field Work

Country: China
Day: 1
Date: January 31, 2019

The morning will include a visit to the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences to learn from faculty and students there. In the afternoon, we will meet with a representative of the American Chamber of Commerce-Shanghai and have the opportunity to explore the Bund and its history.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Glean official Chinese perspectives on modern Chinese history, with a focus on China’s interactions with the United States and other Western nations.
  2. Gain first-hand insights into contemporary U.S.-China interactions.