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History of Modern Manchuria


Admission requirements

Successful completion of BA-1 College Modern Chinese History.


Standard historical narratives about China’s transition from empire to nation-state in the twentieth century often focus on the capital city of Beijing (later Nanjing) and coastal treaty-port cities, especially Shanghai. Although landmark events and developments such as the May Fourth Movement in Beijing and the founding of the Chinese Communist Party in Shanghai marked important turning points in modern Chinese history, the vastness and diversity of China calls into question the representativeness of such narratives. What did this transition look like from China’s periphery? How do the histories of borderlands and peripheries contribute to the development of modern China? These questions guide our exploration of key themes in modern Chinese history—foreign imperialism, Chinese nationalism, modern state formation—from the perspective of a peripheral region, namely Manchuria or Northeast China. In this course, we use secondary literature (historians’ writings) and primary source documents (for e.g., consular reports, court memorials, and customs statistical data) to understand Manchuria’s political, economic and social history.

Course objectives

  • Identify key events, concepts, and themes in the modern history of China;

  • Effectively read various genres of historical documents and scholarly literature;

  • Analyze how historians construct arguments with primary and secondary documents;

  • Compose cogent and substantiated arguments.


Check the timetable for the correct time and location.

Mode of instruction


Reading list

See 'Blackboard'

Course Load

Weekly seminars: 12 × 2 hours (24 hours total )
Class preparation (complete assignments and readings): 12 × 6 hours (72 hours total)
Final paper: 44 hours

Assessment method

Class assignments and participation: 50%
Research paper: 50%

The final grade consists of the weighted average of all course components. A resit for the essay component is allowed if a student scores a non-passing grade (5,49 or lower) on the first attempt.


Yes. Blackboard is used for posting complete reading list, class communications, and essay submission.


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L.M. Teh