HST 271: Modern China by Madeline Jutsen

  • Week 7

    This week, we learned about how the Qing Empire collapsed after nearly three hundred years in power, and it was replaced by a republic. For Wednesday’s class, I used Exploration Pack 2: The Chinese Labor Force at the European Front. The Chinese Labor Corps was a noncombatant unit that served in Europe during World War…

  • Week 6- No Post this week

  • Week 5 Blog Post

    This week, we learned about the Taiping Rebellion and the Chinese Exclusion Act. I used Exploration Pack 2: Migration. During the mid to late nineteenth century, China was experiencing a lot of instability. Two of the major events contributing to the decline of the Qing Dynasty were the Opium Wars and the Taiping Rebellion. The…

  • Week 4

    For this week, I used Exploration Pack Two: Opium War. The Opium Wars were a major conflict with the West and a factor which led to the decline of the Qing Empire. A central question we discussed in class was whether the Qing Empire collapsed from within or as a result of foreign aggression. In…

  • Show and Tell 1: Qing Dynasty Art and Europe

    For my first show and tell project, I decided to focus on art in the Qing Dynasty during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. During this period, Europeans and Chinese people came into contact more frequently through missionary work and trade, which led to cultural exchanges that are reflected in art from both regions. Most eighteenth…

  • Week 3- No post this week

  • Week 2

    I used Exploration Pack 2- Conquest. This week’s readings emphasized the cultural changes and continuities from the Ming to the Qing dynasties. In some ways, the Manchus forced their culture on their Han Chinese subjects. They mandated their queue hairstyle for the Ming as a sign of support for the new empire and executed people…

  • Week 1

    An interesting question raised by this week’s readings and discussions was, who gets to decide what being modern or being Chinese means? We read excerpts from The Search For Modern China by Jonathan Spence and Modern China: A Very Short Introduction by Rana Mitter. Neither of these historians are from China, but they are experts…

  • Growth Mindset Cat

    This cat resonates with me because I think it is important to allow yourself to make mistakes so you can learn from them. In class, I would like to try to take risks because getting something wrong shows you what to improve on for next time. If you never get out of your comfort zone,…

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