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Online Course

Invasions, Rebellions, and the Fall of Imperial China

Harvard University via edX

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  • Provider edX
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Self Paced
  • Language English
  • Certificate $139 Certificate Available
  • Effort 1-3 hours a week
  • Duration 15 weeks long
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Overview

In the 18th century, the Qing Dynasty is at its height; it is the wealthiest, most powerful,most civilized state on earth. And yet the 19th century brought enormous challenges for the Qing and for the place we call China. By the 20th century, a 2,000-year imperial tradition is gone. What happened?

In this overview of modern Chinese history, you’ll learn about the Qing was forced to engage with the West, the impact of imperialism and dynastic decline, and, ultimately, the causes of the Qing dynasty’s fall. This course will cover the effects of opium, how the Qing responded to that epidemic, and how the opium war brought fundamental changes to the country. You’ll also learn about the introduction of Christianity in this period, and about the ideology of Chinese salvation.

This is a time when intellectuals were wrestling with new western ideas and new western technologies. This course will help you to understand how China engaged with the West, and how this confrontation still resonates today.

Taught by

William C. Kirby and Peter K. Bol

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Lola J
Lola completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This is an amazing course. The content is very well structured and digestible.

Compared to my high school history course, I did learn a few new things:

+ how Christianity and Chinese Salvation interplays. Hong Xiuquan's Chinese christianity cult and Christian Missionaries from the west represent two different kinds of salvation and failed in the end.

+ Qing did have some merits even despite of so much humiliation: The Qing actually does defend this realm extraordinarily well compared to what happens in the rest of the world.

+ The epic stories of how Qing tried three strategies to catch up: self- strengthening, resistance, and political reformation.

+ To change what was left of the Qing was to destroy it. How the reforms starting from central army, unified railway system, workable political system, and new education system weakens the social and cultural foundation of Qing.
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