Course Descriptions

Denise Y. Ho teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on modern and contemporary Chinese history. Each year one lecture course, two undergraduate seminars, and one graduate seminar will be offered. Please click on the following links to read a full course description and access a PDF of a recent syllabus.

HIST 032/EAST 032: Shanghai

The city of Shanghai occupies a unique place in imagining China, for foreigners and Chinese alike. In the nineteenth century it was transformed from a fishing village to an international “treaty port,” growing rapidly in population and becoming China’s gateway to the West. In the twentieth century Shanghai was a site of innovation, from politics … Continue reading HIST 032/EAST 032: Shanghai

HIST 309J/EAST 309: Uses of the Past in Modern China

This seminar studies “places of memory” in modern China, or the sites, museums, monuments, and memories of the past. It includes theoretical readings on history and memory, some visual primary sources, and case studies from twentieth-century China that include the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, Tiananmen Square, the Rent Collection Courtyard, and the Mao Mausoleum. Interdisciplinary in … Continue reading HIST 309J/EAST 309: Uses of the Past in Modern China

HIST 871/EAST 871: The History of the People’s Republic of China

Can the recent past of the People’s Republic of China be studied as history? This graduate seminar is an introduction to recent scholarship on the People’s Republic of China, primarily focusing on the Mao era. In their readings students will consider scholarship in the social sciences, examine the questions that are currently being asked (and … Continue reading HIST 871/EAST 871: The History of the People’s Republic of China

HIST 893/EAST 893: The History of China’s Republican Period

This graduate reading seminar examines recent English-language scholarship on China’s Republican period (1912-1949), covering themes from state and economy to society and culture. Weekly topics, which juxtapose one recent monograph with one classic study, include state institutions and law, nationalism, politics and political movements, the development of cities, media and publication, gender, education, labor, and … Continue reading HIST 893/EAST 893: The History of China’s Republican Period