Twentieth-Century World History: The Asian Resurgence
Value half unit
Prof Francis Robinson
Taught through weekly
lectures and weekly follow-up seminars
Best Essay of 2 (30%) and 2-hour Exam (70%)
This course looks at the major political developments that took place in different parts of Asia during the twentieth century. In particular it examines: the downfall of the Qing dynasty in China and the causes of the political struggle there that resulted in the establishment of the Chinese Communist state in 1949; post-1949 Chinese political history; the modernisation of Japan under the Meiji state, the rise of Japanese imperialism and its implications for domestic and foreign policy, and Japan’s post-Second World War recovery; the relationship between nationalism, communism and war in different parts of South East Asia; the emergence of the nationalist movement in India and the processes that led to independence and partition in 1947, together with the post-1947 histories of different parts of South Asia.