Spring 2023 - HIST 367 D100

History of the People's Republic of China (4)

Class Number: 4894

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    RCB 7100, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units, including six units of lower division history.



Analyzes the history of the PRC from 1949 to present. Special emphasis on ideology, inequality, diversity, the Great Leap Forward, Cultural Revolution, and economic reforms. Students with credit for HIST 256 may not take this course for further credit.


This course examines the history of the People’s Republic of China from its founding in 1949 to present. We will not only look at major developments, such as the Great Leap Forward, Cultural Revolution, and economic reforms, but also explore their relevance to different people. The PRC is complex because of diversities across ethnicity, gender, profession, region, and religion. Students will taste this historical complexity and get some clues to engage it through wrestling with primary sources as well as academic works written by historians from different generations.


By the end of this term, students are expected to: (1) better understand key struggles and transformations of China from 1949 to present; (2) look at present-day China from a historical perspective; (3) gain a sense of academic accumulation by reading works written by generations of historians; (4) read and analyze different kinds of sources by writing a primary source analysis; (5) engage in contentious historical debates by writing a historiographical essay; (6) improve in grasping the logic structure of an academic work.


  • Attendance and participation 10%
  • Weekly reading responses 10%
  • Quizzes 20%
  • Restoring the author’s outline 10%
  • Primary source analysis 25%
  • Historiographical essay 25%


No midterm and final exams.



Maurice Meisner, Mao’s China and After: A History of the People’s Republic, third edition (New York: The Free Press, 1999).

Chen Huiqin, Daughter of Good Fortune: A Twentieth-Century Chinese Peasant Memoir (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015).

Other readings will be provided on Canvas.


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