This course explores the modern historical factors which have shaped the People’s Republic of China. There are various views and opinions regarding Beijing’s perspectives and goals for the future, but many are grounded in misconceptions of China’s past and ignore both precedents and trends that have long been part of the Chinese experience. By focusing on historical elements, navigating propaganda, taking new scholarship into account, and interpreting the impact of historical memory, this course will seek to provide a more accurate and comprehensive understanding of how the PRC has emerged and developed into the global force (e.g. adversary, threat, partner, peer, etc.) of today.