Tutorial in "Making of the 'Chinese Nation'". . .


This tutorial is about conceptual and political constructions of the "Chinese Nation" in the 20th century. Readings include relevant writings by important intellectual and political figures of 20th-century China and major scholarships on the subject from multiethnic perspectives. The class meets biweekly, and the students are evaluated on the basis of participation, short book reviews, and a final paper.

Core Reading List for “Chinese Nation” Tutorial

 I.  Writings by Important Intellectual and Political Figures of 20th-century China (titles available in English are yet to be specified)

  •  Chiang Kai-shek
  • Hu Shih
  • Kang Youwei
  • Li Dazhao
  • Liang Qichao
  • Mao Zedong
  • Sun Yat-sen
  • Yang Du
  • Zhang Binglin

 II.  Major Works on Political China

  •  Bergere, Marie-Claire.  Sun Yat-sen. 
  • Chow Tse-tsung.  The May 4th Movement: Intellectual Revolution in Modern China.
  • Dirlik, Arif.  The Origins of Chinese Communism.
  • Eastman, LIoyd.  The Nationalist Era in China, 1927-1949.
  • Fitzgerald, John.  Awakening China: Politics, Culture, and Class in the Nationalist Revolution.
  • Garver, John.  Chinese-Soviet Relations: The Diplomacy of Chinese Nationalism, 1937-1945.
  • Meisner, Maurice.  Mao’s China and After: A History of the People’s Republic.
  • Menala, Eraz.  The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anti-Colonial Nationalism.
  • Panstrov, Alexander V.  Mao: The Real Story.
  • Schwarcz, Vera.  The Chinese Enlightenment: Intellectuals and the Legacy of the May Fourth Movement of 1919.
  • Selden, Mark.  China in Revolution: Yenan Way Revisited. 
  • Taylor, Jay.  The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China.
  • Vogel, Ezra.  Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China.
  • Zarrow, Peter.  After Empire: The Conceptual Transformation of the Chinese State.

III.  Major Works on Multiethnic China

  • Dreyer, June Teufel.  China’s Forty Millions.
  • Liu Xiaoyuan.  Frontier Passages: Ethnopolitics and the Rise of Chinese Communism.
  • Mackerras, Colin.  China’s Minorities: Integration and Modernization in the 20th Century.
  • Mullaney, Thomas.  Coming to Terms with the Nation: Ethnic Classification in Modern China.
  • Reardon-Anderson, James.  Reluctant Pioneers: China’s Expansion Northward, 1644-1937.
  • Shao Dan.  Remote Homeland, Recovered Borderland: Manchus, Manchukuo, and Manchuria, 1907-1985.
  • Goldstein, Melvyn D. A History of Modern Tibet, 1913-1951: The Demise of the Lamaist State.
    • ----.  A History of Modern Tibet, Volume 2: The Calm before the Storm, 1951-1955.
    • ----.  A History of Modern Tibet, Volume 3: The Storm Clouds Descend, 1955-1957.
  • Lin Hsiao-ting.  Tibet and Nationalist China’s Frontier: Intrigues and Ethnopolitics, 1928-1949.
  • Shakya, Tsering.  The Dragon in the Land of Snows: A History of Modern Tibet since 1947.
  • Tuttle, Gray.  Tibetan Buddhists in the Making of Modern China.
  • Wang Lixiong and Tsering Shakya, The Struggle for Tibet.
  • Benson, Linda. The Ili Rebellion: The Moslem Challenge to Chinese Authority in Xinjiang, 1944-1949.
  • Forbes, Andrew. Warlords and Muslims in Chinese Central Asia: A Political History of Republican Sinkiang, 1911-1949.
  • Millward, James.  Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang.
  • Rudelson, Justin J.  Oasis Identities: Uyghur Nationalism along China’s Silk Road.
  • Perdue, Peter.  China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia.
  • Wang, David.  Under the Soviet Shadow: The Yining Incident.
  • Bulag, Uradyn E.  Collaborative Nationalism: Politics of Friendship on China’s Mongolian Frontier.
    • ----.  The Mongols at China’s Edge: History and Politics of National Unity.
    • ----.  Nationalism and Hybridity in Mongolia.
  • Jagchid, Sechin.  The Last Mongol Prince: The Life and Times of Demchugdonrob, 1902-1966.
  • Liu Xiaoyuan, Reins of Liberation: An Entangled History of Mongolian Independence, Chinese Territoriality, and Great Power Hegemony, 1911-1950.

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