Gateway Seminar: China at War


This research and discussion seminar investigates one of the bloodiest centuries in Chinese history. We will explore how people experienced the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-95), Japanese colonial rule of Taiwan (1895-1945) and Manchuria (1931-1945), the War of Resistance against Japan (1937-1945), the Civil War between the Nationalists and Communists (1927-1949), China’s conquest of Tibet in 1950, and China’s participation in the War to Resist American Aggression (known in the U.S. as the Korean War, 1950-1953).

The course places these events in their historical context through comparative analysis of revolutions and modernization in China, Korea, and Japan in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, which set the stage for twentieth-century conflicts in East Asia. We will also discuss these conflicts in the context of the health risks that they posed to soldiers’ and civilians’ lives, and integrate the history of public health and medicine into a social history of war. Instructor, Barnes.

Course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:45 am - 1 pm.

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Theme (Concentration)

Medicine, Science and Technology, War, Military and Society