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.

100M Spring 2016 Jews and Muslims

Jewish-Muslim relations as they developed in the Middle East and North Africa from the rise of Islam to the present day. This course analyzes how ethnic and religious boundaries were drawn and transgressed in historical settings including Muhammad's Arabia, Islamic Spain, the Ottoman Empire, and modern Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Morocco, and Israel.

103F.002 Spring 2016 Families in Tokugawa Japan

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 shoguns (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, the observations of foreigners, and various visual materials (from woodblock prints and book illustrations to photographs).

103F.004 Spring 2016 Negotiating Justice in the Islamic World

The seminar will examine various paths open to Muslim and non-Muslim subjects under Islamic rule - since the rise of Islam and up to the modern period - to pursue justice and protect their interests within the existing legal structure. Among the issues we will discuss are petitioning the ruler, the shari‘a and nizami courts, constitutions, and traditional law.

103F.003 Spring 2016 War and State Violence in the Making of Modern China

Warfare and organized state violence has been a critical part of modern China’s construction over the past 150 years. What is the consequence of such violence for our understanding of PRC strategic behavior in the present day? How can these wars be placed in a larger regional context? Over the course of this time period, and across multiple governmental regimes, can a culturally ‘Chinese’ form of war be identified?

101.010 Spring 2016 South Asia and the World

This 101 seminar is open to students wishing to write about any aspect of the history of the Indian subcontinent since the sixteenth century. A wide variety of topics are encouraged, including those dealing with cultural, social, and political questions. Topics concerning South Asia's relations with other parts of the world - whether they involve migration, trade, imperialism, or other kinds of connections - are also welcome.

101.004 Spring 2016 Asian Worldviews

The Asian Worldviews seminar is open to thesis writers working on any topic, 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 Professor Cook 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.

280F Spring 2016 Modern China

This course is intended for graduate students interested in recent and emerging scholarship concerning late imperial and modern China.  

275F Spring 2016 Japan and the World, 1850-1950

This course is an introductory survey of the historiography of modern Japan. Its major theme is the transformation of Japanese life in the modern era. Reading a book (or a book +) per week, we will cover major, essential questions of the century from the opening of Japan’s ports to the aftermath of defeat in the Pacific War.

275F Spring 2016 The Song Dynasty

This seminar will examine recent secondary scholarship (in English) on the Song Dynasty (960-1279). The Cambridge History of China, volume 5, part 2, which came out last spring, includes ten topical chapters that will provide a good starting point for the course. (This volume is, by the way, available for free download to all UC-affiliated individuals.) Students should expect to prepare short weekly written assignments, occasional presentations, and one longer historiographic essay.


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