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HIST2180 近代中國之改革與現代化

Semester 1 (2019-2020)

Lecture TimeWednesday 4:30pm-6:15pm


Lecturer POON Shuk Wah (

Teaching Assistant WU Ziqi

Course Description
1.	導論
2.	改革與現代化:理論和實踐 
3.	盛世之末?嘉慶皇朝的挑戰與改革嘗試
4.	清帝國與西方:工業革命與「大分流」(Great Divergence) 
5.	兩個世界的碰撞:馬戛爾尼和阿默斯德使華 (Macartney and Amherst missions)
6.	東印度公司、「自由貿易者」(free traders) 與中英鴉片戰爭
7.	國家與地方叛亂者:太平天國、捻亂與回亂 
8.	清皇朝的改革與其局限 
9.	清末「文化激進主義」的出現
10.	從改革到革命:清帝國的解體
11.	改革與革命中的兩性關係
12.	中國及日本的改革和現代化比較
13.	從地域史角度看清末改革與革命
Assessment & Assignments
課堂參與	10%
導修口頭報告及討論	15% (6%+3% x3) 
導修短論文   	15%  (中文: 2000字/ 英文: 1200字)
學期論文初稿		10%(中文: 2000字/ 英文: 1200字)
學期論文口頭報告	5%   (18/11,25/11)
學期論文定稿	45% (中文: 8,000- 10,000字/ 英文: 4,000-6,000字)
論文大綱	10月4日 (以電郵提交)
學期論文初稿	11月8日(以電郵提交)
導修短論文  		11月20日
學期論文定稿	12月4日
導修日期:23/9,14/10,21/10,4/11, 18/11,25/11 (星期一)

導修文章 (暫定)
導修 1 (23/9)
Cohen, Paul A., “The Problem with China’s Response to the West,” in Discovering History in China: American Historical Writing on the Recent Chinese Past (New York: Columbia University Press  2010), pp. 9-55. 
Teng, Ssu-yu & John King Fairbank, “The Problem and its Background,” in China's Response to the West: A Documentary Survey, 1839-1923 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1954), pp. 1-22. 

導修 2 (14/10)
Hevia, James, L. “The Ultimate Gesture of Deference and Debasement”: Kowtowing in China’. Past and Present, 203 (2009): 212-234. 
Kitson, Peter J. “The ‘Catastrophe of this New Chinese Mission’: The Amherst Embassy to China of 1816,” in Ralf Hertel & Michael Keevak eds., Early Encounters between East Asia and Europe: Telling Failures (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2017).

導修 3 (21/10)
Perry, Elizabeth, Rebels and Revolutionaries in North China, 1845-1945 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1980), pp. 48-151.

導修 4 (4/11)
Paine, S. C. M. The Sino- Japanese War of 1894-1895: Perceptions, Power, and Primacy (New York: Cambridge University Press,  2003), pp. 245-332.

導修 5 (18/11)

導修 6 (25/11)
•	Rowe, William T. China’s Last Empire: The Great Qing (Cambridge. Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009)
•	Vohra, Ranbir.  China's Path to Modernization: A Historical Review from 1800 to the Present (New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2000)
•	Zarrow, Peter. China in War and Revolution, 1895-1949 (Oxon: Routledge, 2005)

Honesty in Academic Work

Attention is drawn to University policy and regulations on honesty in academic work, and to the disciplinary guidelines and procedures applicable to breaches of such policy and regulations. Details may be found at

With each assignment, students will be required to submit a signed declaration that they are aware of these policies, regulations, guidelines and procedures.

  • In the case of group projects, all members of the group should be asked to sign the declaration, each of whom is responsible and liable to disciplinary actions, irrespective of whether he/she has signed the declaration and whether he/she has contributed, directly or indirectly, to the problematic contents.
  • For assignments in the form of a computer-generated document that is principally text-based and submitted via VeriGuide, the statement, in the form of a receipt, will be issued by the system upon students’ uploading of the soft copy of the assignment.

Assignments without the properly signed declaration will not be graded by teachers.

Only the final version of the assignment should be submitted via VeriGuide.

The submission of a piece of work, or a part of a piece of work, for more than one purpose (e.g. to satisfy the requirements in two different courses) without declaration to this effect shall be regarded as having committed undeclared multiple submissions. It is common and acceptable to reuse a turn of phrase or a sentence or two from one’s own work; but wholesale reuse is problematic. In any case, agreement from the course teacher(s) concerned should be obtained prior to the submission of the piece of work.

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