Universität Wien FIND

150218 UE Chinese Political History - From Imperial Palace to Politburo (M6) (2019S)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 15 - Ostasienwissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 05.03. 13:00 - 14:30 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Tuesday 19.03. 13:00 - 14:30 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Tuesday 26.03. 13:00 - 14:30 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Tuesday 02.04. 13:00 - 14:30 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Tuesday 09.04. 13:00 - 14:30 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Tuesday 30.04. 13:00 - 14:30 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Tuesday 07.05. 13:00 - 14:30 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Tuesday 14.05. 13:00 - 14:30 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Tuesday 21.05. 13:00 - 14:30 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Tuesday 28.05. 13:00 - 14:30 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Tuesday 04.06. 13:00 - 14:30 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Tuesday 18.06. 13:00 - 14:30 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Tuesday 25.06. 13:00 - 14:30 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

This course will explore Chinese elite politics at its core by looking at the power structure and the associated power struggles among the ruling elites at the secrete chambers of the imperial palaces and at the Politburo as of today. In particular, it focuses on two themes that are essential for autocratic rule: 1) power-sharing and governance 2) power transition and succession.
At the end of the course, you will gain an initial understanding of the complexity of the power structure and dynamics among members of the ruling class in an autocratic regime; you will also learn the basic conceptual framework that can be applied to explain elite power dynamics and answer questions, such as, why Mao Zedong was able to wield more power than any other leader of the Chinese Communist Party.

Introduction of the lecturer:
Ling LI has been teaching Chinese politics and law at the University of Vienna since 2015. She obtained her doctoral degree from Leiden University Law School in the Netherlands in 2010. Prior to her PhD study, she taught various courses on Chinese law at the Northwest University of Political Science and Law in China. Between 2010 and 2015, she worked as a senior research fellow at the US-Asia Law Institute of New York University School of Law and remains as a non-resident fellow of the same institute. She has published extensively on corruption and anti-corruption in China and the Chinese political legal institutions. Her current research interest covers Chinese elite politics, political history, comparative politics and Chinese politics and law. Free full-text access to her publications can be found at https://univie.academia.edu/LingLi.

Assessment and permitted materials

Your regular attendance is mandatory for the course, which will count for 10% of the total grade. Your class presentation and participation will count for 50%. You will be required to write an essay for a topic of your own choice. The essay shall be submitted before August 30, 2019 (no extension is allowed). The essay will count for 40% of the total grade.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Prior knowledge of China studies is preferable but NOT required.
Proficiency of the Chinese language is preferable but NOT required.

Examination topics

Students can choose their own topics for the written essay within the scope of the issues covered by the course.

Reading list

List of selected reading materials:

Wu, Silas H. L. (2013) Communication and Imperial Control in China: Evolution of the Palace Memorial System, 1693-1735, [Place of publication not identified]: Harvard University Press.
Wu, Silas H. L. Passage to Power: K'ang-Hsi and His Heir Apparent, 1661-1722, Harvard East Asian Series Passage to Power. [Place of publication not identified]: Harvard University Press, 2013.
Artan, Tülay. (2011) Royal courts in dynastic states and empires.
Ho, Alfred Kuo-liang. (1952) The Grand Council in the Ch'ing Dynasty. The Far Eastern Quarterly 11: 167-182.
Pye, Lucian W. (1992) The Spirit of Chinese Politics, Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Huang, Ray. (1986) 1587, ein Jahr wie jedes andere, Frankfurt am Main: Insel Verl.
Hucker, Charles O. China's Imperial Past. 1. publ. in UK ed. London: Duckworth, 1975.
Keliher, Macabe. "The Problem of Imperial Relatives in Early Modern Empires and the Making of Qing China." The American Historical Review, 2017, Vol. 122(4), pp.1001-1037: 1001.
Eisenberg, Andrew. Kingship in Early Medieval China, Sinica Leidensia, ; V. 832008.
Bartlett, Beatrice S. Monarchs and Ministers. Berkeley, Calif. [u.a.]: Univ. of California Press, 1991.
Nathan, Andrew J. "Authoritarian Resilience." Journal of Democracy 14, no. 1 (2003).
Nathan, Andrew J. "Authoritarian Impermanance." journal of Democracy 20, no. 3 (2009): 37-40.
Nathan, Andrew J. . "China at the Tipping Point? Foreseeing the Unforeseeable." journal of Democracy 24, no. 1 (2013): 20-25.
Nathan, Andrew J. "Authoritarian Resilience Revisited: Joseph Fewsmith with Response from Andrew J. Nathan Au - Fewsmith, Joseph." Journal of Contemporary China (2018): 1-13.
Goldstein, Avery. From Bandwagon to Balance-of-Power Politics. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford Univ. Press, 1991.
MacFarquhar, Roderick, ed. The Politics of China. 3. ed. ed. Cambridge [u.a.]: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2011.

Association in the course directory

PR 220

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