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Unit Overview


This unit examines China's tumultuous history from the wellspring of Maoist revolution in 1930s Yen'an, the rapid spread of revolution throughout China, its culmination in the heady excesses of the Cultural Revolution and China's about-face in 1978 with the rise of market socialism under Deng Xiaoping and his successors. Within the context of new historiographical trends in the social history of China, this unit introduces students to the revolutionary processes that forged a unified China and sowed the contradictions between Maoism and 'market socialism', so critical to understanding social and political dynamics within The People's Republic today.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) describe and assess the basic historiographical issues characteristic of the discipline of History; (2) identify and evaluate the historiographical problems posed by writings on the history of modern China; (3) demonstrate a detailed understanding of the history of revolutionary and post-revolutionary China; (4) locate appropriate sources for research essays; and (5) present arguments in both written and oral assessments using the conventions of the historical discipline.


This comprises tutorial performance, a book/film/song/art review, a historiographical exercise and a research essay.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit rules
A level 1 History unit
HIST2251 Revolutionary China, HIST3351 Revolutionary China, HIST2254 Dynamics of Social Change in Modern China
Contact hours
3 hrs per week
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.