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Tradition and Transformation in the Chinese Economy, 1842-1949 (ECSH10087)


History - Economic and Social History





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Visiting students must have previously taken 3 History courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum academic entry requirements does NOT guarantee admission. **Please note that 3rd year History courses are very popular and have strict visiting student quotas, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces. Students MUST NOT also be taking The Chinese Economy: Past and Present (ECNM10079)

Course Summary

This course analyses the development of Chinas economy from 1842, when the Nanjing Treaty was concluded, until 1949, when the Peoples Republic of China was established. Today, this period of constrained sovereignty is regarded as a time of national humiliation and economic exploitation by foreign imperialists in China.

Course Description

In this course, we will examine the extent and nature of foreign economic influence in China during this period. We will also discuss Chinas indigenous economic modernization, the demographic transition of the late 19th century, and Chinas economic experience during the second Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945. By the end of the semester, you will have developed an understanding of why the history of Chinas economic development is crucial to making sense of todays global economy. No previous knowledge of Chinese history or of the Chinese language is required to take this course.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 40%, Coursework 40%, Practical Exam 20%

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