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Harvard University

China and Communism

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How did the Communists conquer China? What role does culture play? What are the successes and failures of the Chinese Communist Party after seizing power in 1949? What constitutes liberation?

This course will help you answer these important questions as you explore the profound cultural, intellectual, political and economic changes of this period. You’ll learn how Communist China fits in with a larger socialist world order and how historical interpretations of this period reinforce or challenge the official narrative in China today.

Join us to develop your own approach and gain a critical understanding of the rise of the Communist Party, Sino-Soviet relations, the Cultural Revolution, and, ultimately, the reopening of China.

Taught by

William C. Kirby and Peter K. Bol


4.8 rating, based on 5 Class Central reviews

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  • Allison W

    Allison W completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    This series of courses on China (ChinaX) is one of the best classes I've ever taken, in my entire academic life. Extremely interesting, very thought provoking, and taught be instructors who are extremely enthusiastic about the topic.
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