Chinese Studies

Section Modern China (Dr Theobald)

The section "Modern China" deals with developments in politics, economy, society and military from the early 19th century until today. The area thus serves as an interface between traditional and contemporary China and reveals continuities, contradictions and fundamental innovations.

Research focuses on the following topics: Codification of administrative law during the Qing and Republican periods, graduate careers in the 19th century, recruitment and demobilisation of soldiers during the Warlord Period (1912-1927), and propaganda in the first phase of the Reform era (1980s).

Teaching covers all types of courses on the history of modern China and the history of literature in China, language exercises communicating contemporary linguistic concepts and syntactic analysis of written Chinese, as well as seminars on empirical testing of theoretical models in business and society.