Asia

116D Fall 2016 20th-Century China: Post- Cold War Readings of Chinese Lives and Times

This course offers an overview of Chinese history from the first Sino-Japanese War (1894) to the Beijing Olympics (2008).  It tells the story of a series of wars, revolutions, reforms, and reorganizations across major political divides.  It examines, in that context, the lives of eminent individuals, heroes as well as villains, against the constraints and possibilities of their times.  Tentatively four or five lectures may center on Taiwan and Hong Kong.  A central theme of the course is to explore ways to approach China’s modern histor

114A Fall 2016 The History of India from Earliest Times to the Modern World

This course offers a panoramic overview of the history of the Indian subcontinent, covering the many centuries from the first human habitation to sometime in the middle of the eighteenth century. Along the way we will examine the development and interplay of religions, philosophy, aesthetics and science; the rise and fall of kingdoms and empires; and relations of intellectual, cultural, and economic exchange with other parts of the world until the dawn of the modern era. No previous familiarity with the history of the subcontinent is presumed.

6A Fall 2016 History of China: Origins to the Mongol Conquest

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.

N100.002 Summer 2016 Japanese Pop Culture: from Postwar to Postmodern

Over the past three decades, Japanese popular culture and its most famous products and characters have become familiar worldwide. This course looks at the history of Japanese popular culture since 1945 and explores how the pillars of the Japanese "contents industry"--manga, anime, video games, and light novels--came to play their current central role in the Japanese media ecosystem and global pop culture.

280U Fall 2016 The Long Eighteenth Century in South Asia

This graduate seminar introduces students to the history and historiography of the eighteenth century, roughly from the death of Aurangzeb in 1707 to the East India Company’s conquest of Delhi in 1803. We will study key themes and debates in the history of the later Mughal empire, the rise of regional states, competition between European trading companies and the founding of colonial authority in the subcontinent.

280F.001 Fall 2016 History of Nationalism in Asia

This course opens by surveying a range of general theoretical approaches to the history of nationalism put forward by scholars such as Ernest Gellner, Anthony Smith, and Benedict Anderson.

118A Fall 2016 Japan, Archaeological Period to 1800

An exploration of society and ecology from the period of earliest settlement until the construction of the Tokugawa shogunate c. 1600. Includes the development of the classical imperial state, the formation of the medieval warrior governments, and the experience of mass civil war during the 16th century. We are concerned with the complex sources of power-land and food control, violence, family and class structures, literacy and knowledge, social contracts.

103F.001 Fall 2016 Families in Tokugawa Japan (Proseminar in Asian History)

We shall look at many kinds of families through a great variety of sources to explore the (changing) norms and (disparate) practices that shaped households in the Early Modern Period of rule by the Tokugawa shogun (1600-1868). We shall examine the families of samurai, peasants, merchants, and geisha through sources that include memoirs, laws, ethical texts, fiction and drama, demographic evidence, and disparate visual material (from woodblock prints and book illustrations to photographs).

39N Fall 2016 Freshman/Sophomore Seminar: The Chinese Detective

An inquiry into traditional Chinese conceptions of law and justice through the eyes of the official detective: the district magistrate. Primary source readings include Chinese detective fiction, moral treatises, legal codes, forensic manuals, and criminal casebooks. All readings are in English translation. There are no prerequisites.

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