POLI211.Sect.4. Russia & China. terms & phases.09

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POLI 211 RUSSIA AND CHINA: Similarities and differences: Institutions, interests and identities Why we should study Russia and China? And as “late developers”? Reading about the politics of some countries for the first time can be overwhelming. For this reason, the lectures will focus on the main analytical and conceptual points (institutions, interests and identities over time and across political regimes) that you should keep in mind as you read the text. We are trying understand 1) why Russia and China are worth studying; Napoleon described China as a “sleeping giant.” Is that characterization still accurate? 2) how and why they developed as they did (what factors or variables or concepts help us to understand that) and 3) with what consequences for the transformation of institutions, interests, and identities over time and the present contingencies (hence the additional readings in the reading pack).
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