HIST 411: Local History of Late Imperial China (WI)

Prof. Wensheng Wang
TR 9:00 – 10:15 am
Fall 2018 | CRN: 86362 | Section 001
Focus Designation: Writing Intensive


This upper division course provides a broad survey of Chinese local history over the long period from the Tang-Song transition (ca. 800) to the collapse of Qing rule (1911). The focus will be on the late imperial period (1550-1911)—from mid-Ming to the end of Qing dynasties. Major topics include family and lineage structure, gender roles, patterns of work and leisure, religious activities and their meanings, class relations, changes in basic demographic patterns (birth and death rates, migration, marriage patterns, etc.), patterns of violence, protest movements, and relations among different ethnic groups. Students will focus on the bottom-up studies of local society and gain some basic understanding of this dominant approach to Chinese history.


  • Brook, The Confusions of Pleasure: Commerce and Culture in Ming China
  • Mann, Precious Records: Women in China’s Long Eighteenth Century