This is a graduate reading seminar on modern China’s borders, both spatial and temporal. It begins with internal borders, considering the divide between city and countryside from the Republican period to the Cultural Revolution and examining today’s urban-rural divide. Next, it turns to traditional state borders, from China’s maritime borders in Qing to its Central Asian frontier from the Mao era to the present. Then, the seminar considers China beyond its borders, focusing on the history of migration and then China’s Belt and Road. Finally, it considers three temporal borders: 1949, 1966, and 1989.
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