This is a reading seminar open to both graduate and advanced undergraduate students. Our purpose is to explore the on-going nature of one of the 20th century’s most significant events, the Chinese revolution, and the role played by the individual most closely identified with that Revolution, Mao Zedong. Although our focus will be on events during Mao’s life, we will also consider Mao’s legacy and the influence his image and ideas continue to have today.
All students will meet for weekly discussions of assigned texts. Graduate students are required to write response papers for each text and complete a longer historiographic essay by the end of the semester. Undergraduate students will have the option of writing either a historiographic essay or a research paper of approximately the same length.