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Archive for July, 2011

Docs on the Early Years of The Chinese Civil War

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Sun Yatsen on Fundamentals of National Reconstruction, 1923

Mao on Classes in Chinese Society, 1926

Mao’s Report on an Investigation of the Peasant Movement in Hunan, 1927

Why is it that Red Power can Exist in China?, 1928

Sino-US Relations During the Chinese Civil War

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Statement by General Marshall, January 7, 1947 (from The Department of State Bulletin, XV1, No. 394)

White Paper Excerpt: United States Position on China, August 1949

Mao’s Response to White Paper, “Cast Away Illusions and Prepare for Struggle”, August 14, 1949

Ted Grant on the Chinese Revolution

Students must be able to synthesize these documents. Establish connections between them.


A special report on China: Rising power, anxious state

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

In less than a decade China could be the world’s largest economy. But its continued economic success is under threat from a resurgence of the state and resistance to further reform.

The Economist offers another special report on China. I’ve excerpted the most relevant articles.


Can Mexico Fix Its Image Problem?

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Ending the drug war is only half the battle for the candidates to replace Calderon in 2012; the second half will be convincing the rest of the world that Mexico’s not just a narco-state.

Read Malcolm Beath from FP Magazine

Remebering the Boxer Rebellion

Monday, July 18th, 2011

The Boxer Uprising, 11 years before the collapse of China’s last imperial dynasty, was portrayed in Western accounts as a savage outburst of primitive xenophobia directed at the West and its civilising religion, Christianity. The northern Chinese peasants with their red headscarves, who believed in a magic that protected them from foreign bullets and in the power of ancient martial arts that could defeat the industrial world’s most powerful armies, were described with a mixture of fear and racist scorn. But in China the Boxers are officially remembered as somewhat misguided patriots.

Great piece on how the Boxer Rebellion is (mis)remembered in China today.

The Nation That Fell To Earth

Monday, July 18th, 2011

It’s the year 2031–one generation removed from Sept. 11, 2001–and Americans are commemorating the 30th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington. How well did America respond to that day, when viewed with the benefit of hindsight? How has history judged our leaders’ actions?

Here, a [hypothetical] historian looks back on that distant event and explains how 9/11 would change America, and the world, in ways that few could have imagined.

Niall Ferguson imagines the future in this Foreign Policy piece.

Caste System in Modern India

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Check out this stunning piece on India’s caste system in the 21st century from the 2010 Economist end of year issue.

The United States and China During the Cold War

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Warren Cohen of University of Maryland offers this concise summary of Sino-US policy during the Cold War.

Here is the response sheet


Iran and the United States in the Cold War

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Few outside countries have more at stake in the evolution of Iran’s political situation than the United States, which has been in a state of open enmity with the Islamic Republic for more than three decades. Threats of Iran-backed terrorism, Tehran’s apparent nuclear ambitions, and its evident aim of destabilizing American allies—chiefly Israel—are perpetually high on the list of US concerns in the region. Why is Iran so important to the US? What explains the enduring animosity between the two countries? Answers to these and other questions about the United States’ position in the region today can be found by looking back to the Cold War.

Read more about US Cold War Policy in Iran (4 pages)

Ronald Reagan and the End of the Cold War: The Debate Continues

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Reagan continues to exercise an enormous fascination—as political leader of the free world at a critical moment in time; as a transformational president; and of course, as the man whose policies, it has been argued, contributed more than anything else to bringing about the demise of communism.

Cox Revisits Reagan, 5 pages