Dr. Green joined the History department in 2002 and has been lecturing in Chinese, Japanese, and Military history for 17 years, Dr. Green's current research focuses on the role of the military and militarization in modern China. He has taught HIST 270 China and the West, HIST 376 Modern Japan, HIST 378 Early China, HIST 380 Modern China, HIST 484 East Asian Military Systems - China, HIST 490 seminars on Sages and Statecraft in China and the Japanese Samurai, and HIST 403 seminars on Chinese Foreign Relations in Historical Perspective and Thinking About War: The History of Strategy.
In this research seminar students will explore so-called THUCYDIDES TRAP through specific historical case studies (Imperial Germany and Imperial Japan in the 19th and 20th centuries). The THUCYDIDES TRAP refers to the theory that when the needs/interests/or aspirations of a rising power are not satisfied by the status quo powers through a voluntary redistribution of power within the existing system war is highly likely or even inevitable. This seminar will finish with a detailed examination of CHINA'S RISE and the challenges it poses to the current distribution of power in the global order. Are China and the status quo powers destined to fall into the Thucydides Trap, or can it be avoided?
Confucian societies are often thought of as ones in which the brush is mightier than the sword. In fact the military has been a crucial factor in East Asia, and warfare was the engine that drove many of the most significant changes in East Asian history. This course will look at the evolution of military systems in China, and examine the impact of recurrent warfare on this ancient civilization. Topics will include: the role of warfare in the creation of the early imperial state; philosophical approaches to warfare and the efficacy of violence; the ideas of Sun Zi and the bingjia; the cultural and political power struggle between wen and wu; responses to the Inner Asian menace; reasons for the absence of a Chinese “military revolution” in the early modern period; China’s response to the intrusion of the West in the 19th century; and continuities in Chinese military thinking in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Dr. Green is a contract instructor so UBC does not allow him to supervise Graduate students or students in the History Honours program. As a contract instructor Dr. Green is unable to provide references for students applying to Law School or Graduate programs. Students requiring academic references should contact regular faculty members for assistance.