Skip to main content

From the end of the imperial era to today

XSeries Program in
History of China: The Modern Era
HarvardX

What you will learn

  • An overview of modern Chinese history, including the fall of the Qing and the end of imperial China.
  • How China engaged with the West and how this confrontation still resonates today.
  • The birth of modern China between the fall of the Qing and the end of World War II.
  • The rise of the Communist Party, the Cultural Revolution, and the reopening of China.
  • China from the rise of Deng Xiaoping to the present.
  • China’s global leadership role in the 21st century.

The Qing Dynasty was the wealthiest, most powerful, most civilized state on earth — but by the 20th century, a 2,000-year imperial tradition is gone. What happened?

This series explores the building of contemporary China, a new country that sits on the bedrock of a great and ancient civilization. China re-engages with the West, the Communist Party comes to the fore, the Cultural Revolution returns Mao to power, and economic reforms usher in new foreign investments and renewed international trade. Throughout, enduring issues — political unity, population growth, environmental costs, social constraints, commercialization, internationalization — test the country’s national identity.

When did modern Chinese history begin? How do you define a “modern China”? Will the 21st century be the Chinese century? As China continues to play a critical role on the world stage, understanding these questions is essential to understanding the global world we live in. This course provides that understanding and will enable you to find your own answers.

Expert instruction
5 high-quality courses
Self-paced
Progress at your own speed
1 year 7 months
1 - 3 hours per week
Discounted price: $445.50
Pre-discounted price: $495USD
For the full program experience

Courses in this program

  1. HarvardX's History of China: The Modern Era XSeries Program

  2. 1–3 hours per week, for 15 weeks

    Learn how the Manchus conquered the Qing and established the last of the imperial dynasties.

  3. 1–3 hours per week, for 15 weeks

    An overview of modern Chinese history, including the fall of the Qing and the end of imperial China.

  4. 1–3 hours per week, for 15 weeks

    Explore the birth of modern China with a focus on the time between the fall of the Qing and the end of World War II.

  5. 1–3 hours per week, for 15 weeks

    Explore the Maoist period of China, from the Communist Party to the death of Mao and the reopening of China.

  6. 1–3 hours per week, for 15 weeks

    Use the case study method to study China from the rise of Deng Xiaoping to the present.

Meet your instructors

from Harvard University (HarvardX)
Peter K. Bol
Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Harvard University
William C. Kirby
T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies
Harvard University
Mark C. Elliott
Vice Provost for International Affairs
Harvard University

Experts from HarvardX committed to teaching online learning

Enrolling Now

Discounted price: $445.50
Pre-discounted price: $495USD
5 courses in 1 year 7 months
Pursue the Program

Also in History at edX

Propelling

Drive your career forward with university-backed credit programs and verified certificates

Convenient

Study and demonstrate knowledge on your schedule

Flexible

Try a course before you pay

Supportive

Learn with university partners and peers from around the world