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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.  


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