Faculty of Arts


Mao Zedong, Revolution and China

Please note: this is archived course information from 2017 for HISTORY 313.



This course uses the life and legacy of Mao Zedong (1893-1976) as a way to navigate China’s tumultuous history from the end of the Nineteenth Century to the end of the Twentieth Century. Mao is generally acknowledged as a towering figure in Chinese history whose personality and ideology continue to influence national and world politics today.

And yet a careful study of China’s twentieth century history reveals the limits, as well as the extent, of the influence of a “revolutionary” such as Mao Zedong. In this course, students will use primary and secondary texts to sketch out the broader social and cultural landscape of modern China and evaluate the historical significance of Mao’s life and the Maoist ideology that was his legacy.


By the end of the course, you should have improved your ability

  • to find and analyse primary sources (i.e. first-hand accounts)
  • to read and critique secondary sources (i.e. accounts written by historians)
  • to gather primary and secondary sources together into a research essay shaped by your own original argument
  • to listen to and evaluate the arguments and opinions of others
  • to cite and reference in a manner appropriate to the genre of historical writing
  • to read efficiently and retentively
  • to write in polished and professional English

View the course syllabus

Availability 2017

Semester 2


Lecturer(s) Dr Melissa Inouye


10% Participation

10% Primary Source Analysis

10% Secondary Source Analysis

40% Research Essay

10% Creative Primary Source Document

20% In-class Test


HISTORY 313: 15.0 points


90 points passed



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