The Frontiers of Imperial China

History 280/285F.003

Fall 2012
Section: 
003
Instructor: 
Location: 
2231 DWINELLE
Day & Time: 
W 5-7P
CCN: 
39807
Units: 
4
This seminar will survey secondary studies dealing with Imperial China and its borderlands and frontiers.  Our approach will include both the view from the edge and the view from the imperial center, both how frontiers were experienced and how they were imagined.  In the process, we will deal with the topics of ethnicity, the nature of borderlands, imperial expansion, travel, ethnography, the East Asian World Order, and China’s evolving ways of defining and imagining itself.  A broadly comparative approach will be used; knowledge of Chinese is not required.  Students are expected to prepare a brief set of readings for the first class session.