We focus on the “medieval revolution” that changed the political, economic, and social life of the empire.
As much as possible, we study these changes from the eyes of the people who lived throughout them—aristocrats, peasants, soldiers, merchants, women. Late Imperial Chinese Culture and Society (4) We read primary and secondary sources to study aspects of culture, society, religions, economy, government, family, gender, class, and individual lives from the tenth through the eighteenth centuries, Song through Qing.
It addresses regional geography, diversity, religion, political and social structures, mercantile and cultural ties abroad, the arrival of Islam, and the region’s changing relationship with European and Asian power.
Students must apply and be accepted into the Global Seminars Program. China since 1978 (4) Examines China’s attempts to manage the movements of people, ideas, and trade across its borders since 1900.
Of central concern will be the Asian American and white ethnic groups, race, oppression, mass migrations, ethnicity, city life in industrial America, and power and protest in modern America. Race and Ethnicity in the United States (4) A lecture-discussion course on the comparative ethnic history of the United States. Students must apply and be accepted into the Global Seminars Program. East Asia (4-4-4) A lower-division survey that compares and contrasts the development of China and Japan from ancient times to the present.
Of central concern will be the Mexican American, race, oppression, mass migrations, ethnicity, city life in industrial America, and power and protest in modern America. Race and Ethnicity in the Global World (4) Lectures and discussions surveying the topics of race, slavery, demographic patterns, ethnic variety, and rural and urban life in the United States, with special focus on European, Asian, and Mexican immigration. Themes include the nature of traditional East Asian society and culture, East Asian responses to political and economic challenges posed by an industrialized West, and war, revolution and modernization in the twentieth century. East Asia: The Great Tradition (4) The evolution of East Asian civilization from the first writing through classical Hei’an Japan and late imperial Song China.
Unless otherwise noted, these courses are open to students with upper-division standing and to any student who has taken one quarter of any HILD course or articulated equivalent, or one quarter of a college writing course, including HUM 1–5; MCWP 40, 41, 50, or 125; DOC 1–3; WCWP 10A or 10B; MMW 11–15, 21, or 22; or CAT 1–3.
Key topics include ethnic identity under Manchu rule, the impact of Western imperialism, the Taiping and other rebellions, overseas Chinese, social change and currents of reform, and the rise of Chinese nationalism. China in War and Revolution, 1911–1949 (4) An exploration of the formative period of the twentieth-century Chinese Revolution: the New Culture Movement, modern urban culture, the nature of Nationalist (Guomindang) rule, war with Japan, revolutionary nationalism, and the Chinese Communist rise to power. Mao’s China, 1949–1976 (4) This course analyzes the history of the PRC from 1949 to the present. History of Thought and Religion in China: Confucianism (4) Course will take up one of the main traditions of Chinese thought or religion, Confucianism, and trace it from its origins to the present.The following courses are available to both undergraduate and graduate students.Undergraduates must receive a department stamp or consent of the instructor to register for the course.1200 BC to 400 AD, including Confucianism, Daoism, Legalism, correlative cosmology, and ideas about fate, spirits, and health.Previous course work on China helpful but not required. Medieval Chinese Culture and Society (4) This course covers the period from the sixth century to the thirteenth century, the time of the glorious T’angand Sung dynasties.Recommended preparation: previous course work on China helpful but not required. Primary sources will include written texts and visual materials.May be taken for credit four times with department approval. China under the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) (4) Ming history from its beginnings under Mongol rule until its fall to rebels and the Manchus. Life in Ming China (1369–1644) (4) We read primary and secondary sources to explore the experiences, worldview, and relationships of Ming men and women, variously including emperors and empresses, scholar-officials, upper-class wives, merchants, weavers, painters, eunuchs, Daoists, fighting monks, farmers, actors, gardeners, courtesans, soldiers, and pirates. Women and Gender in East Asia (4) The impact of modern transformations on female roles and gender relations in China, Japan, and Korea, focusing on the late imperial/early modern periods through the twentieth century. The Silk Road in Chinese and Japanese History (4) This course studies the peoples, cultures, religions, economics, arts, and technologies of the trade routes known collectively as the Silk Road from c. We will examine these trade routes as an early example of globalization. History of Material Culture in China (4) Introduction to material culture in China from a historical perspective.The course will explain the system of thought and trace it as it changes through history and within human lives and institutions. Women and the Family in Chinese History (4) The course explores the institutions of family and marriage, and women’s roles and experiences within the family and beyond, from classical times to the early twentieth century. Women and the Chinese Revolution (4) Examines women’s roles and experiences in the twentieth-century Chinese revolution, the ways in which women participated in the process of historical change, the question of to what extent the revolution “liberated” women from “Confucian tradition.” HIEA 139GS.An Introduction to Southeast Asia (circa 800–1900) (4) This course provides an overview of Southeast Asian culture and history from 800 to the age of imperialism.Topics, which vary from year to year, will include traditional political, economic, and religious systems, and theory and practice of indirect rule, decolonization, African socialism, and pan-Africanism. Department approval required; may be coscheduled with HIAF 161. Japan: Twelfth to Mid-Nineteenth Centuries (4) Covers important political issues—such as the medieval decentralization of state power, unification in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Tokugawa system of rule, and conflicts between rulers and ruled—while examining long-term changes in economy, society, and culture. Japan: From the Mid-Nineteenth Century through the US Occupation (4) Topics include the Meiji Restoration, nationalism, industrialization, imperialism, Taisho Democracy, and the Occupation.Special attention will be given to the costs as well as benefits of “modernization” and the relations between dominant and subordinated cultures and groups within Japan. The Fifteen-Year War in Asia and the Pacific (4) Lecture-discussion course approaching the 1931–1945 war through various “local,” rather than simply national, experiences. Relations (4) Survey of relations between Japan and the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.