Two Golden Ages: China During the Tang and Song Dynasties

History 116B

Spring 2013
Day & Time: 
MW 4-530P

This course explores Chinese history and culture in the period from the 7th to the 13th centuries, when China achieved unprecedented military, political, and cultural power in East Asia. It concentrates on the fundamental transformation of state and society that took place between the 8th and 12th centuries, and on the nature of the new "early modern" order that had come into existence by the end of the Southern Song. Topics of special concern are economic and political power, technology, religion and  are economic and political power, technology, religion and philosophy, and poetry and painting.

Course Books

china's cosmopolitan empire by lewis, mark edward belknap press. ISBN: 978-0674064010 Required
daily life on the eve of the mongol invasion by gernet, jacques stanford university press. ISBN: 978-0804707206 Required
selected poems of po chu-i by hinton, david new directions publishing corporation. ISBN: 978-0811214124 Required
selected poems of su tung-po by Watson, Burton copper canyon press. ISBN: 978-1556590641 Required
platform sutra by red pine counterpoint. ISBN: 978-1593761776 Required
learning to be a sage by gardner university of california press. ISBN: 978-0520065253 Required