Asia

116D Fall 2015 Twentieth-Century China

This course offers a narrative history of China from the first Sino-Japanese War (1894) to the present.  Presentations will be organized in three ways:  a brief chronological history of major events from 1895 to 2015, biographical studies of the lives of major political figures (Sun, Chiang, Mao, Deng, etc.,), and focused examinations of selected major events (such as the Sino-Japanese War and the contestations across the Taiwan Strait in the second half of the 20th century) so as to shed light on China today.

11 Fall 2015 India

This course presents an overview of the history of the Indian subcontinent (today’s India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh) over the last 4,500 years. We will concentrate on a number of topics, including the region’s economic and political structures, religious communities and traditions, gender and social hierarchies, links with other parts of the world, and developments in literature, art, and everyday life. As we examine all of these histories, we will also spend some time thinking about how we know what we know, and why people have thought differently about the past.

12 Fall 2015 The Middle East

The class will introduce students to key concepts, terms, and debates in the history of the modern Middle East, particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries. The first part of the class will briefly present the history of the region since the rise of Islam in the 7th century and up to the modern period.

3 Fall 2015 Byzantium & Near East

This course is designed as a general introduction to the study of history in general, and the study of Byzantium and the Islamic world in particular.

6A Fall 2015 History of China: Origins to the Mongol Conquest

This introductory course, designed for lower-division undergraduates with little or no background in Chinese history, celebrates key features of early and middle-period Chinese civilization, including its distinctive writing system, its compelling forms of historiography and philosophy, its construction of the social and heavenly orders, and the density of its urban life in antiquity, partly through the incredibly rich material record revealed by scientific excavations (mainly since 1949) and also through the hallowed literary traditions.

N119A Summer 2015 Postwar Japan - Session A

This course considers the history of Japan since Hiroshima--since the atomic bombings and Soviet declaration of war brought "retribution" and cataclysmic defeat to the Japanese empire in 1945. We start with an exploration of the war itself and its complex legacies to the postwar era. Guided by the best recent scholarship and a selection of translated novels, essays, and poetry along with film and art, we then look at the occupation era and the six postwar decades that followed, examining the transformations of Japanese life that those years have brought.

N109C Summer 2015 The Modern Middle East from the 18th Century to the Present - Session D

This course surveys the key processes, events and personalities that have shaped the societies, states and economies of the Middle East since the 18th century. It is designed to help contextualize current developments, to identify various interpretative frameworks for approaching history in general and for understanding the Middle East in particular, and to acquaint students with a variety of useful sources ranging from film to specialized academic articles. Students are expected to attend every class to hear the lecture, ask questions and participate in discussion.

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