China has a brilliant, albeit sometimes troubled past. China’s emergence from prolonged weakness and disunity to become a strong and modernized state in the 21st Century is an extraordinary story of resilience and persistence. It is more difficult, however, to determine how China’s 21st century journey will evolve – and how this may affect the West and Canada. This course will include concise illustrations of China’s complex history, with individual lectures illustrating how China coped with internal pressure and foreign intervention. It will examine how modern China, with its rising economic, political, technological, and military power, is shaping the world around us.
Gordon Houlden is the Director Emeritus of the China Institute at the UofA. He joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1976, and spent twenty-two years working on Chinese affairs for the Government of Canada. Before joining the UofA in 2008, he was Director General of the East Asian Bureau of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.