HIS 305K • HISTORY OF EAST ASIA TO 1800
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
This introductory course presents a broad overview of the history of East Asia, focusing on China, Japan, and Korea. We will study the major historical events and trends up to 1800, including social, political, economic, and cultural developments. We will examine both the differences between the cultures of the region and the interactions between these cultures. Readings from primary sources (in translation).
The grade will be based on in-class quizzes and class attendance (30%), mid-term and final examinations (40%), and one written essay (30% total).
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 Theodore de Bary (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997). John R. Trimble, WRITING WITH STYLE: CONVERSATIONS ON THE ART OF WRITING, 2nd ed. (Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2000)