Asia

C231 Spring 2014 Japanese Studies: Past, Present and....Future?

This course will have both pedagogical and practical goals.  Its chief purpose is to acquaint graduate students at every level and across various disciplines with the history and current state of the field of Japanese studies.   In addition to the faculty coordinator, three or four faculty members from different departments will make presentations on their respective fields, incorporating a selection of key works for joint reading along with discussion of their own research and related issues of methodology.  On the more practical side, in cooperation with the East Asian

280F.002 Spring 2014 Chinese Bibliography

This course uses Endymion Wilkinson's comprehensive Chinese History: A Manual (3rd edition) as a convenient guide to the available materials. Weekly exercises will illustrate the nature and use of the main research tools discussed in Wilkinson, and will thereby gradually build a flexible apparatus of resources. The weekly three-hour seminar will serve as a place for discussion, not only of the practical exercises but of hermeneutics and of other methodological and academic matters. What kind of questions can we answer with the research tools at our disposal?

118A Spring 2014 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.

116D Spring 2014 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 chronological history of major events from 1895 to 2008, biographical studies of the lives of top political leaders (Sun, Chiang, Mao, Deng), and examinations of textual and non-textual materials. Attention will be focused on the transformation of China from empire to nation in the 20th century, Chinaís changing place in East Asia, and Chinese identity and aspirations in the globalizing world.

101.013 Spring 2014 Anything on the Middle East from Afghanistan to Morocco post-1600

All research topics relating to the modern and early modern history of the region from Morocco to Afghanistan are welcome. The expectation is that you will either a)   Problematize the region’s encounter with Europe and the US, or b)   Can do primary research in one of the languages of the region or a combination of the two; further, that you will attempt a history from the inside out, meaning one that pays some attention to the actual lives, actions and thoughts of the peoples of these regions.

101.004 Spring 2014 Senior Thesis Writing Seminar – East Asia

This course is a research and writing seminar for students doing a 101 thesis on any aspect of East Asian history. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the instructor as early as possible in the Fall 2013 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.

12 Spring 2014 The Middle East

The current popular uprisings in the Middle East underscore the dynamism and vitality of a region that has played a central role in human history since ancient times. This course introduces students to the major historical developments in this region from the rise of Islam to the present. It is designed to help you contextualize current developments and to give you the tools to educate yourself on your own. It also prepares you for more advanced courses in the Dept. of History (such as 109C) or courses in other departments that require some background in the history of the Middle East.

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