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Dr. Joel Brereton, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Fall 2005

ANS 301M • 3-History of East Asia to 1800

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
29075 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
UTC 3.112

Course Description

This course offers a cultural history of East Asia from 1200 B.C.E. up to 1800 C.E. We will cover the major historical events, developments, and trends. The main focus of the course will be on primary sources. We will read (in translation) the most important writings from the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean traditions. These readings include Shang dynasty oracle bone inscriptions (used for divination), early Chinese philosophy (including Daoism and Confucianism), the early Japanese constitution, Japanese religions (Shinto, Buddhism), and Korean documents on the founding of early states, together with selections from dynastic histories, novels, poetry, songs, ritual manuals, diaries, scientific treatises, philological studies, and political debates. We will take an interdisciplinary approach. For more information, see the course syllabus, available at:


Course Reader, available through electronic reserves. Conrad Schirokauer, A Brief History of Chinese and Japanese Civilizations, 2nd ed. (San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1989). Sources of Chinese Tradition, vol. 1, From Earliest Times to 1600, ed. William Theodore de Bary et al., 2nd ed. (New York: Columbia University Press, 1999). Sources of Japanese Tradition, vol. 1, ed. Ryusaku Tsunoda et al., 2nd ed. (New York: Columbia University Press, 2001). Sources of Korean Tradition, vol. 1, From Early Times Through the Sixteenth Century, ed. Peter H. Lee and William


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