Asia

103F.002 Spring 2015 Seminar: Jews, Muslims, Christians in Late Ottoman and Mandatory Jerusalem

Most studies of late Ottoman and Mandatory Palestine/Eretz-Yisrael tend to focus on the city of Jerusalem. This holy city, which has great religious and symbolic importance to all the monotheistic religions, was the focus of international attention in the 19th century. In 1872 it became the capital of the independent province of Jerusalem which was governed directly from Istanbul and controlled all the southern and central parts of Ottoman Eretz-Yisrael/Palestine.

101.002 Spring 2015 East Asia and the Modern World

This course is a research and writing seminar for students doing a 101 thesis on any aspect of modern East Asian history. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the instructor as early as possible in the Spring 2015 semester to identify areas of interest and begin as much of the groundwork as possible: surveying the relevant scholarship, formulating a key question, and locating suitable primary sources to answer the question. Class meetings will focus more on research and writing methods than on substantive content.
 

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.

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