ASIA 202
De-Centering Imperial China, 960-1800 Fall 2024
Division II
Cross-listed HIST 212

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The history of China from 960-1800 can be told as the story of a continuous, enduring culture and polity. This long period was nevertheless one in which the definition and contours of “China” were constantly contested. In this survey course, we will examine the political forms, institutions, and developments in culture, society, and economy that are characteristic of the Song (960-1279), Yuan (1279-1368), Ming (1368-1644), and early Qing (1644-1800) Dynasties alongside the Inner, Central, East, and Southeast Asian polities and cultures which interacted with, accommodated and repeatedly conquered centers of Chinese power over this time (Tanguts, Khitans, Mongols, and Jurchens/Manchus, among others). Gaining a historical perspective on power relationships within this diverse region will help us to understand the different ways in which Asia participated in changing world systems throughout this period. This course combines brief lectures with discussion of predominantly primary source readings.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 40
Expected: 20
Class#: 1470
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: 3 short essays, midterm quiz, final exam or paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: History majors and Asian Studies concentrators if overenrolled
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ASIA 202 Division II HIST 212 Division II
Attributes: HIST Group B Electives - Asia
HIST Group P Electives - Premodern

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