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Modern China’s Foundations: The Manchus and the Qing

Harvard University via edX

Overview

This course, part of a comprehensive series on China, looks at the Qing state in the early 1600s and the challenges that the Manchus faced as minority rulers. While living in Chinese cities and surrounded by Chinese culture — a culture that was far more sophisticated than their own — the Manchus struggled to hold onto their identity as a conquesting people.

We'll look at the last period of ascendancy for China before the modern era. We’ll cover China in the 18th century, under the Kangxi, Yongzheng, and Qianlong emperors — a period in which the size of the empire nearly doubles.

The Qing was the last dynasty before the foundation of the modern republics and sets the stage for everything that will come after. Join us to learn about this critical era in Chinese history, an era that sets the stage for a truly modern China.

Taught by

Peter K. Bol

Reviews

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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.

    I highly recommend this course. As a Chinese who studied some kind of Qing history in high school, this course provides so many different perspectives and helps me feel more connected with my culture and identity. + Good storytelling to balance between...
  • Diego completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    Very interesting as the previous segments and also presented with amazing images and paintings in the video lectures. 5/5!

    Very recommended.
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    Alice completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

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