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.
Primary and secondary readings on basic ideas, institutions and practices of the Confucian, Daoist, and Buddhist paths and of the state and family. East Asia and the West, 1279–1911 (4) From the Mongol conquests to China’s last dynasty and Japan’s annexation of Korea, this course examines political, institutional, and cultural ruptures and continuities as the East Asian countries responded to the challenges of Western imperialism with defense, reform, conservative reaction and creative imitation. Twentieth-Century East Asia (4) Examines the emergence of a regionally dominant Japan before and after World War II; the process of revolution and state-building in China during the Nationalist and Communist eras; and Korea’s encounter with colonialism, nationalism, war, revolution and industrialization. Film and History in Latin America (4) Students watch films on Latin America and compare them to historical research on similar episodes or issues.
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.
Prerequisites: upper-division; department approval. We study government and society under each of the sixteen emperors, and major events like the Zheng He voyages and the first Sino-Japanese War. Consider Chinese primary sources (including both historical texts and objects) from the point of view of the new interdisciplinary field of material culture studies. Faces of the Chinese Past (4) Through primary and secondary readings on the lives of individual prominent and ordinary men and women from China’s past, we explore the relation of the individual to social structures and accepted norms; personal relationships; and the creation of historical sources. End of the Chinese Empire, 1800–1911 (4) From the Opium War to the 1911 Revolution.
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.
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.
Check with the department to see which courses are available each quarter. Modern Africa since 1880 (4) A survey of African history dealing with the European scramble for territory, primary resistance movements, the rise of nationalism and the response of metropolitan powers, the transfer of power, self-rule and military coups, and the quest for identity and unity. West Africa since 1880 (4) West Africa from the nineteenth century onwards and examines the broad outlines of historical developments in the sub-region through the twentieth century, including such themes as religious, political, and social changes. Small Wars and the Global Order: Africa and Asia (4) Examines the traumas, interrelation, and global repercussions of national conflicts (“small wars”) in the postcolonial world.