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It's ChinaX relaunched, good! I hope it will be as inspiring as the first time it ran (2013). It was an excellent introduction to China's history and culture,  I think most people enjoyed it. It reignited my enthusiasm for learning Chinese and made a mooc-addict out of me.

I think the 15 weeks duration in the announcement is for the first 3 parts of the series, Part 1 should only be about 5 weeks.

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I finally made time to look into Part 1. It's indeed based on ChinaX, but it seems to be a more grown up ChinaX. What I've seen so far adds a lot to the original syllabus - where Part 1 was quite fragmentary and maybe historically not very clear. This new course appears to be  better structured, for instance the 1st section in Part 1 adds more on geography and on climate as a basis for the history that will follow. The new maps are impressive too. 


I haven't yet found a Chinese history series comparable to China X in the Chinese mooc platforms, where there are so far very few history courses (more will probably appear after the holiday), most of which seem to follow ancient texts almost religiously.  I think a combination of the Chinese-style formality and Harvard ChinaX-style teaching strategies could be very exciting.

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On 2/6/2019 at 8:52 AM, mungouk said:

The instructors are Peter Bol and William Kirby from Harvard.


I've read some of Kirby's work on Republican/PRC foreign policy and have always enjoyed his insights - lots of aha moments. Have you watched the first lectures? How were they?  I'll try to catch up this week, hope they're good.

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