Asia

285F Fall 2013 Chinese History in the 19th- and 20th-Centuries

Prerequisites: Superior familiarity with modern and contemporary Chinese historiography & advanced command of modern scholarly Chinese.

280G/285F Fall 2013 Writing History in Modern Japan

Note: initially listed as 280F/285F

280G.001 CCN 39813
285F.002 CCN: 39861

This course will be concerned with the writing of history in Japan, and (mainly) of Japan, from the late Tokugawa era onward.  Readings will be chiefly in Japanese.  They will consist of essays or extracts from longer works that have played a role in setting the course of Japanese historiography in their own time and since, supplemented by important secondary materials.  

116G Fall 2013 Imperial China and the World

This course surveys the history of China’s relationship to the world from the Neolithic to the beginning of the 20th c. Topics will include: early territorial expansion, the Silk Road, the Great Wall, changing conceptualizations of foreigners and of China’s place in the cosmos, the Chinese diaspora, Mongol and Manchu empire building, China’s evolving role in the Early Modern global economy, the impact of Europeans in the 19th c., and the emergence of Chinese nationalism.

111B Fall 2013 Modern Southeast Asia

This introductory course surveys major themes of modern Southeast Asian history. Lectures will be organized topically and chronologically with an emphasis on cross-country comparisons.

109C Fall 2013 The Middle East From the 18th Century to the Present

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.

100.004 Fall 2013 Microcosm? Modern History & Politics of the Gaza Strip

Edward Said once called it “the [Palestinian] national inferno.” Israeli PM Itzhak Rabin famously wished it would “sink into the sea.” A 2012 UN report bore the forbidding title “Gaza in 2020: A Liveable Place?” The Gaza Strip, as we know it now, was born of war in 1948. Since then its tiny, 360km2territory and majority-refugee population have been arguably the key metonym for the history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and its representations, never more so than in recent years.

14 Fall 2013 Introduction to the History of Japan

This course is a brisk introduction to the nearly two millennia of recorded Japanese history. As a survey, the course gives attention to broad themes and problems in Japan's political, social, religious, and cultural/intellectual history. Topics include the dialectic of national and local identities in shaping Japanese politics, Japan's interaction with the Asian continent and the Western world, and the relation of past to present in modern times.

6A Fall 2013 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.  Upon occasion, lectures will contrast the impe

109C Summer 2013 The Modern Middle East- Session D (Jul 8- Aug 16)

History 109C examines some of the major developments in the history of the modern Middle East, from the late 18th century, through the breakup of the Ottoman Empire and the formation of modern nation states, to the present. Though the geographical focus is on the Arab Middle East, we will also look at neighboring areas (Turkey, Israel, Iran) in order to offer a broader perspective.

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