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Country - Partner Institution - Programs: China - Peking University, Beijing - 'Peking Univ.'
UC Course SubjectHistory
Number & Suffix: 103
Transcript Title: CHINA-EURO RELATNS 
UC QTR Units - Division: 4.5 - Upper Division 
Course Description: A bird's-eye view of the Cold War system allows for the identification of three macro-phenomena: the supremacy of the superpowers, the division and weakening of Europe and a progressive multipolarization of the international system based on a growing relevance of Asia and especially China. While the historical narrative has dwelt mainly on the first macro-phenomenon or, at most, on the relations between it and the second phenomenon, this course analyzes relations between the latter two, namely between the 'weak' Europe and the ‘new’ China to understand how they interacted and how this interaction affected the supremacy of the superpowers, their policy-making processes, their strategic choices and, more in general, the Cold War system. Europe and China were undoubtedly the most important third actors in the Cold War system. Being territorial entities and political and economic spaces located at the crossroads of the mutual spheres of action of the two superpowers, they played a key role in the evolution and reshaping of the bipolar system. The Cold War defined the outlines of these two spaces: on the one hand, it accelerated the decline of Europe as a central player - a process already started during World War II and intensified by the dismantling of the colonial system - and favored, on the other, the shift of the center of gravity of the international system towards Asia and hence to an Asianization of the international system, which is still in progress today. This course aims to attribute a balanced historical position to the role played by Sino-European relations in these crucial passages. It attempts to reach an accurate assessment of this relationship by analyzing the development of bilateral relations within the complex framework of the Cold war structure and the superpowers dominion within it. Therefore, it looks at the bilateral relations between China and the individual European countries not simply per se but as a segment of a complex matrix of relations ordered by the hierarchy imposed by the superpowers hegemony. 
Language of Instruction: English
Partner University Department: History 
Partner University Course Number: 02132590