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BRCLL Courses, May - August, 2017

China Under Communism

6 Sessions
Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 & 22
10:00 a.m. - Noon
BRCC, Room 336, Technology Education & Development Bldg.
Member Fee: $60, Non-Member Fee: $80

The Communist Party took over governance of China in 1949, at which time the country was in ruins following decades of Japanese invasion and occupation as well as civil war. Mao, who ruled China until his death in 1976, instituted a series of radical social and economic policies that badly damaged the country and left millions dead. Deng Xiaoping, who followed Mao in power, began the reforms that led China to become the world’s second largest economy and took more than 600 million out of poverty. 

China today, however, has major problems, including an aging population, slowing economic growth, environmental degradation and pockets of social unrest. There is also potential conflict with her immediate neighbors and the U.S. We will explore these and other issues in the course.

Jim Lenbur taught history and humanities at Mars Hill University for 33 years until retiring in 2006. He has a special interest in China and has traveled there on several occasions. In 2004, Jim was a visiting professor at Jilin University in Changchun.

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