This course will look at the long 1960s in China and their relationship to and influence on the global 1960s. Beginning with the rise of thirdworldism in the mid-1950s and ending in the 1970s, this period of radicalism reached its height with the tumultuous Cultural Revolution in China (1966-1969). Through memoirs, primary source material from the time, film, and secondary sources we will investigate why after years of political and economic consolidation the People’s Republic of China underwent such a dramatic and chaotic political upsurge. We will end the course by looking at the influence of China’s Cultural Revolution on the radical 1960s movements of the world, in particular in the United States and France and peasant movements in the third world.
This junior seminar investigates various approaches to writing world history with a focus on colonialism, the environment, and capitalism in the creation of the modern world. The course is designed to help history majors and minors understand historiography and historical criticism. By studying recent approaches to world history, students will learn how historical debate shapes the writing of history, how historians approach and critique each other’s work, and how different styles of historical research and writing have developed over time. Prerequisite: one History course. Open to majors and minors only, or may enroll with permission of instructor.