America's China Policy Since The Opium Wars

We will consider American involvement in the China Opium trade and the decisions of various administrations throughout the late 19th and the 20th and their impact on China today.


SUGGESTED READING

  • James Bradley, The China Mirage, Little Brown & Co


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Amerca’s involvement in the Opium trade and its consequences. Theodore Roosevelt’s views on Japan’s Role in S.E Asia.
  • The development of the" China Mirage." Christian Missionaries, the Soong family, Time Magazine and the China Lobby.
  • The struggle for the “Heavenly Mandate” - Sun Yat Sen, Chiang kai Chek and Mao and American Choices.
  • Conflicting Asian policies in F.D. Roosevelt’s administration, before during and after Us involvement in World War II.

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Have an appreciation of the traumatic effect that the Opium Wars and the “Unequal Treaties” have had on Chinese sensibilities and how it can still be used as a rallying cry by the existing Chinese Governments.
  2. Recognise the dire effects that Colonialism has had on Western populations understanding and treatment of other racial peoples and cultures.
  3. Recognize how the naive a view Christian Missionaries often have of the cultures they try to "Christianise "have had damaging results.
  4. Evaluate whether hugely successful periodicals such as "Time Magazine' and popular Hollywood movies of the period, contributed to an accurate understanding of world affairs amongst American people.
$145 Limited / $131

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03 Mar

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