Provider: Harvard at EdX [course page]
Lecturer: Peter K. Bol, William C. Kirby + others
Subject: Humanities / History + Politics + Education
Delivery: self-paced asynchronous study
Recommended Load: 2-4 hrs/week over 5 weeks
Completion Date: 09/12/2014
Description: Part 6 of the ChinaX mini-MOOC series discusses the establishment and first half of the Qing Dynasty.
Strengths: This course gives students a look into a more recent dynasty in China, the Qing. The subject appears to still be a sore point with some Chinese, shown in various films and television shows. The most notable outward symbol of this time period is the enforcement of the Queue hairstyle upon non-Manchu Chinese. We see how the Qing attempted to gain the respect and admiration, albeit unsuccessfully, of the Chinese people through various policies. We also see the slow decline of the Qing after a somewhat convincing start.
Weaknesses: No pompadours!
Conclusion: It is strange to think that there are folks alive today that were living at the time when the Qing were still in power. It was a long-lived dynasty, continually plagued by troubles often from within. That should be enough to interest a lot of folks.