History of China: Origins to the Mongol Conquest

History 6A

Fall 2016
Section: 
001
Instructor: 
Location: 
101 Moffitt
Day & Time: 
TTh 11-1230
CCN: 
16099
Units: 
4

Origins to the Mongol Conquest. The history of China from its beginnings to the destruction of the Song Dynasty by the Mongols in the 13th century. Topics to be covered include the emergence of Chinese civilization, the Chinese language, early philosophy, the creation of the first empire, Buddhism and religious Daoism, the Silk Road, ethnicity, the socioeconomic revolution of the 10th to 12th centuries, lyric poetry, and painting and calligraphy.

Course Books

Lives of Confucius : civilization's greatest sage through the ages by Nylan and Wilson Doubleday. ISBN: 9780385510691 Required
Sources of Chinese Tradition, 2nd ed., vol. 1 by de Bary et al. Columbia University Press. ISBN: 9780231109390 Required
Cambridge Illustrated History of China by Ebrey Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9780521124331 Required