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HIST 141. Pre-Modern China to 1840. 4 Units.

For much of its history, China was the most powerful empire in the world. It had the grandest cities, the most formidable armies, the best technology and the biggest economy. At the dawn of the twenty first century, China is poised to retake its position as the world's superpower. What lessons does history teach us about China as world hegemon? This course surveys Chinese dynastic history since its founding in 221 BC by the Qin Shihuang and ends with the last dynasty, the Qing. Topics include the dynastic cycle, politics and policies, noted statesmen and rebels, and borderlands history, including Tibet, Mongolia and the oases of Turkestan. (GE1C)

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