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Understanding China, 1700-2000: A Data Analytic Approach

About This Course

The purpose of this course is to summarize new directions in Chinese history and social science produced by the creation and analysis of big historical datasets based on newly opened Chinese archival holdings, and to organize this knowledge in a framework that encourages learning about China in comparative perspective.

Our course demonstrates how a new scholarship of discovery is redefining what is singular about modern China and modern Chinese history. Current understandings of human history and social theory are based largely on Western experience or on non-Western experience seen through a Western lens. This course offers alternative perspectives derived from Chinese experience over the last three centuries. We present specific case studies of this new scholarship of discovery divided into two stand-alone parts, which means that students can take any part without prior or subsequent attendance of the other part.

Who is this class for

Anyone interested in understanding China through its empirical data may join.

Course Staff

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James Z. Lee

Dean and Chair Professor of the School of Humanities and Social Science
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

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