This six-week course will begin with the Chinese Revolution of 1911 as directed by Sun Yat-sen. It will cover the Revolution’s key stages and events, including the May Fourth principles and the Whampoa Academy. We will also review and discuss the influence of the Soviet Union and its impact on the split between the Nationalists and the Chinese Communist Party.
This course will also examine the differences between Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek, the impact of Japan on China, and the American effort to support China during WWII. It will end with a specific discussion of the Civil War, including the attempt by George Marshall to bring the Communists and Nationalists together.
In preparation for the course, members will receive a 38-page paper analyzing these events and six outlines, one for each class.