Asia

12 Spring 2013 The Middle East

The current popular uprisings in the Middle East underscore the dynamism and vitality of a region that has played a central role in human history since ancient times. This course introduces students to the major historical developments in this region from the rise of Islam to the present. It is designed to help you contextualize current developments and to give you the tools to educate yourself on your own. It also prepares you for more advanced courses in the Dept. of History (such as 109C) or courses in other departments that require some background in the history of the Middle East.

275F.001 Spring 2013 Experience and Narrative in Modern Japanese History

This seminar will explore the “autobiography of Japanese society” in modern times: its documented experience or testimony of itself.  Readings will be drawn from literature, journalism and ethnography, complemented by key scholarly works and organized around a number of interlocking spheres: family/locality, self, city and country, state, and empire.  The period covered is roughly the seven decades from the Sino-Japanese War through to the early post-WWII era.  The writers to be read include Natsume Sōseki, Higuchi Ichiyō, Yokoyama Gennosuke, Nagatsuka Takashi, Is

101.003 Spring 2013 Asian Urban Centers

This 101 seminar will introduce students to some of the key themes in the growth and development of Asian urban centers, and will guide students through the process of articulating a research topic, choosing appropriate sources, researching and writing a senior thesis.  We will begin with a selection of readings on urban centers in both premodern and modern periods, turning a critical eye on the methodologies and sources used by the authors, in order to determine which are appropriate to the students’ own topics and questions.  Class will meet less frequently after the fifth

103F.002 Fall 2012 Gandhi

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948) is one of twentieth century’s most influential political activist and thinker.

280/285F.003 Fall 2012 The Frontiers of Imperial China

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.

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