The Making of Modern Asia

History 101.003

Spring 2018
3104 Dwinelle
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TuTh 4-6
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The Making of Modern Asia seminar is intended primarily for thesis writers studying Modern China, but is open to students working on any time or place, in Asia. Our approach will be methodological, rather than topical, developing historical papers through close reading and exposition of a key text. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with Dr. Van Vleet in the Fall semester to discuss their interests, and should enter the seminar having already identified a primary source (in translation, if necessary) from which to begin their investigation. The chosen text could be most any sort: political, religious, philosophical, commercial, literary; or even, through prior arrangement with the instructor, visual, musical, architectural, physical/material, etc. In any case, the “text” must originate from the historical time and place under investigation, and must be sufficiently rich in content to support our main objective: to make an argument about how some aspect of the making of modern Asia is illuminated by the text. By the end of the semester, you will produce an original, high-quality research paper of 30-50 pages on a topic of your choosing.