This course examines the history of East Asia. The main focus is upon Chinese and Japanese civilizations, although other countries and peoples will be discussed as well. The course will apply a multidisciplinary approach. Topics to be covered include Chinese dynasties, Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, art, warfare, Japanese court society, the samurai, Western imperialism, Japanese militarism, the Chinese Communist Revolution, and China’s reemergence as a global power. In addition to the textbook, students will learn from historical fiction, cinema, primary sources, and additional secondary sources. Class participation and analytical writing will be emphasized and a research paper is required.
(Not offered in 2020-21)
Open to: Sophomores, juniors and seniors