HIST/AAAS 284 China in the Contemporary World


Short Essays (50% each): Your essays should be based on historical evidence drawn from the course material (including lectures, readings). The total length of the two essays (double-spaced, font size 12) must not exceed 6 pages.

1. Please explain the dynamics between Chinese government and popular nationalism in the post-tiananmen era. Use examples from the course material to illustrate your points. (Hint:lectures, Osnos, and Zheng).

2. You are chatting with a friend, Ferris Wheel, over coffee at Jazzman’s. Your friend says, China is an authoritarian state. The party-state exercises absolute control over society and does not allow any expressions of public opinion Do you agree with this comment? Or do you see a hore complex and nuanced picture when it comes to the relationship between the Chinese government and the Cinese public? Please use examples to illustrate your points.(Hint: lectures, Osnos, and Shapiro)