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POL379H1F L0101

Topics in Comparative Politics III

Issues in Contemporary Chinese Politics


This course covers topics of interest for those who want to gain an enhanced understanding of the politics of China, beginning from the Republican period, Communist takeover in 1949 through to the reform period of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. The emphasis in the pre-reform era is on defining historical events, namely the famine caused by the “Great Leap Forward” and social disturbance during the Cultural Revolution. In the post-reform period, the course places an emphasis on understanding the politics behind the reform, and how the reform affects the dynamics of state-society relations. The course will also address aspects of China’s diplomacy related to its growing economic power



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