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Mao’s China: 1949-1976


Between 1949 and 1976 the Chinese experienced unprecedented joys and sorrows. Many of these experiences were rooted in the policies and personality of one man—Mao Zedong. This seminar carefully examines the secondary and primary sources related to Mao’s rule over China. But more than sources, this seminar tells a remarkable story that all our students should critically examine.

Mao supportersHow did the People’s Republic of China—an embryonic state—fight the world’s greatest power to a standstill in Korea? How might one explain the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution? All of these subplots are part of an epic narrative that will unfold in these seminar lectures.


This hybrid seminar met both in person at Boise State University and online.

Meetings at BSU:

  • Monday, January 23, 2017
  • Monday, January 30, 2017

Both meetings will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Professor Woods will provide nine video lectures to view after the initial meetings. All coursework will be completed by February 27, 2017.


Professor Shelton Woods


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  • Free course materials, including all of the books listed above
  • An additional $100 stipend for the purchase of books and teaching materials for your classroom
  • One-year subscription to the teaching journal Education about Asia
  • Two BSU Professional Development Credits (available for a fee)