chinese history 19

Use the assigned readings to make your argument. You can reference the textbook, but you will be primarily evaluated on your use of the assigned readings. You cannot use outside readings, and will be marked down if you do.

You will be held to high standard for the final. While we do not expect the same level of polish as we demand for your papers, we expect a high standard in terms of writing, use of evidence, thesis, and general thoughtfulness. You are required to produce a thoughtful, coherent essay. We expect you to have prepared by thinking about the themes that emerged from the final weeks of class, and connecting these to the assigned readings.

Each question is about 400 words. You must complete all the questions.

  • 1. What were the tensions between “Red” and “Expert” in the PRC, and how did the tensions manifest themselves? Be specific.
  • 2. Was Mao or Deng the PRC’s most successful leader? Support your answer with specifics, and define what success means in this instance. Your essay should consider both leaders, and their failures as well as achievements.
  • 3. What role did violence play in modern China? Again, be specific when making your case and consider at least three conflicts (only two can be wars). Make sure to analyze these events and not simply describe them
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