Asia

103F.003 Fall 2014 Travels to the Lands of the Indians

This course is devoted to the study of the ways in which the lands and peoples of India were encountered, observed and described by visitors from abroad over the last two millennia. We will accordingly read excerpts from a large variety of travelers’ accounts of the Indian subcontinent, beginning with Ancient Greek, Roman, and Chinese writings on India. Then we will examine the descriptions of the first Arab conquest of Sindh and subsequent invasions, paying close attention to the accounts of travelers such as Ibn Battuta and al-Biruni.

103F.002 Fall 2014 Iconic Monuments in Asia

This course proposes to introduce a range of different types of icons and monuments in Asia (China, Japan, Vietnam, and Korea), from people whose histories loom larger-than-life (including Confucius, Cao Cao, Rikkyu the first tea-master, and Wu Zetian, the only female emperor in history) to major cities (e.g., the Forbidden Cities in Beijing and Hui, plus Tokugawa Tokyo), to sacred mountains, temple complexes, and fabled gardens.

280F Fall 2014 Vietnam War Controversies

This course explores interpretive conflicts over the Vietnam War.   We will examine the major "schools" that have dominated the scholarship including the orthodox school, the revisionist school and the new Vietnam-centric school.  We will look at contrasting explanations for the origins, escalation and outcome of the conflict.

275F Fall 2014 Subaltern Studies

This is a beginning graduate seminar course designed to introduce history students to Subaltern Studies, considered a major intervention in both Indian nationalist history and the wider discipline of history itself.

114A Fall 2014 Medieval and Early Modern India to the Coming of the British

In this course we will develop a panoramic view of the long sweep of Indian History until the sometime in the middle of the eighteenth century. We will supplement our understanding of the political history of the subcontinent’s many empires with close attention to the literary and aesthetic artifacts that reveal the richness and diversity of their cultures over the centuries. Beginning from the earliest signs of settled civilization, we will examine the growth of empires and urban societies in the subcontinent.

24 Spring 2014 Chinese Film on Contemporary Issues

This seminar will examine Chinese films (documentaries, semi-autobiographical ruminations, and feature films) that speak to contemporary political concerns.

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