HIST 212 Transforming the "Middle Kingdom": China, 2000 BCE-1600 (D)

Last offered Spring 2014

Cross Listed as ASST212
China expanded from scattered Neolithic settlements to become one of the world's most complex and sophisticated civilizations. During this process, it experienced dramatic transformation as well as remarkable institutional and cultural continuities. This course will examine Chinese history from prehistoric times to the "early modern" seventeenth century. It will address topics such as the creation and transformation of dynastic authority, the reinterpretation of Confucian thought, the transmission of Buddhism, the conquest of China proper by "barbarian" peoples, the composition of elites, and change in daily life, popular culture and China's place in the East Asian and world systems. This course fulfills the Exploring Diversity Initiative requirement in that it disputes the idea of a single, stable Chinese identity throughout history, and focuses instead on the variety of cultures and cultural encounters that contributed to what we currently think of as "Chinese" history and culture.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, two short papers, a midterm, and a self-scheduled final exam
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Prerequisites: none; open to all
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: HIST Group B Electives - Asia,HIST Group G Electives - Premodern,INST East Asian Studies Electives,INST Middle Eastern Studies Electives
Enrollment Limit: 40
Expected Enrollment: 30-40
Class Number: 3630
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HIST 212 LEC China 2000 BCE-1600 (D) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity Initiative Anne Reinhardt
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